US cuts funding to UNFPA

Trump Administration’s decision is a setback for global family planning

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Last week, the Trump Administration announced that it will cut all future funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

The State Department invoked the Kemp-Kasten amendment, a legislative provision that prohibits foreign aid to any organization that the administration determines is involved in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. Republican Presidential Administrations have applied Kemp-Kasten primarily to funding for UNFPA, even though claims that the agency supports or participates in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization has been widely refuted by UNFPA, United Nations Member States and women’s health organizations.

According to a UNFPA statement, all of its work “promotes the human rights of individuals and couples to make their own decisions, free of coercion or discrimination.”

Due to the amendment, approximately $71 million will be withdrawn for the 2017 fiscal year - $32.5 million in core funding, and around $38 million for reproductive and maternal health in humanitarian settings in the Middle East and South Sudan.

 

Trump Administration is turning its back on vulnerable women and girls

In response to the news, Marie Stopes International (MSI) said:

“This news marks a setback not just for UNFPA and organizations working in family planning, but for the international community’s shared commitment to women's rights and delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals.

By withdrawing its funding commitments to UNFPA, the US Government is consciously turning its back on millions of women and girls in developing countries, exposing them to unintended pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and early, preventable death."

UNFPA works in more than 150 countries, providing critical services like voluntary family planning, midwife training and prenatal care. The Trump Administration’s decision to cut funding for UNFPA follows its reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy and proposal to slash foreign aid by more than 30%.

Although US policymakers living thousands of miles away are trying to close the door on women and girls in need of family planning, MSI is committed to ensuring that no woman is ever denied contraception and safe abortion care. Join our fight today and show women around the world that we stand with them.

 

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