Rep. Roy Leads Effort to Strip Tax Dollars from China-backing U.N. Population Fund
WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21), joined by several of his House colleagues, introduced the No Taxpayer Funding for the United Nations Population Fund Act to block taxpayer dollars from funding the United Nations Population Fund.
The No Taxpayer Funding for the UN Population Fund Act creates a permanent prohibition on federal funding of the United Nations Population Fund. This legislation would prevent American tax dollars from propping up an international program that is openly complicit in China’s inhumane two-child policy and publicly praises China’s abusive population-control programs which included as forced abortions and the forced sterilization of women.
President Biden’s FY 2022 Discretionary Budget Request calls for funding the UN Population Fund and for the U.S. to back pay the funds withheld by President Trump.
“American tax dollars should never directly or indirectly support taking of innocent human life through abortion or the dehumanizing act of involuntary sterilization, and they certainly shouldn’t be used to support the oppressive, America-hating Chinese Communist Party in any way whatsoever,” said Congressman Roy. “Former President Trump was right to stop funding the UN Population Fund due to their open partnership with the oppressive Chinese regime and their support for China’s atrocious human rights violations. This legislation will continue that policy.”
One horrific example of China’s population control methods came to light in 2016 when a couple became pregnant with an unauthorized child, the government kidnapped the husband and beat him until the mother had an abortion. Official data from the Chinese Health Ministry indicate that more than 330 million abortions have been performed since the enactment of the one-child policy.
Congressman Roy is joined by more than forty of his House colleagues including Reps Ann Wagner (MO-2), Vicky Hartzler (MO-4), Mary Miller (IL-15), Alex Mooney (WV-2), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Trent Kelly (MS-1), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Jeff Duncan (SC-3), Andy Biggs (AZ-5), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA-14), Brian Babin (TX-36), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Yvette Herrell (NM-2), Bob Good (VA-5), Bill Posey (FL-8), Scott Perry (PA-10), Michael Waltz (FL-6), Matt Rosendale (MT-AL), Doug Lamborn (CO-5), Greg Steube (FL-17), Andrew Clyde (GA-9), Madison Cawthorn (NC-11), Roger Williams (TX-25), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Louie Gohmert (TX-1), Lauren Boebert (CO-3), Michael Cloud (TX-27), LaTurner (KS-2), Garret Graves (LA-6), John Rose (TN-6), Andy Harris (MD-1), Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1), Gary Palmer (AL-6), Robert Latta (OH-5), Brian Mast (FL-18), Robert Aderholt (AL-4), Russ Fulcher (ID-1), Glenn Grothman (WI-6), Jody Hice (GA-10), and Ralph Norman (SC-5).
Full text of the legislation is available here.
More support for the legislation:
Susan B. Anthony List: “We strongly support the No Taxpayer Funding for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) Act and thank Congressman Chip Roy for his leadership. The UNFPA has long been complicit in the Chinese government’s coercive birth limitation policies, including forced abortions. Polling from this year shows that a strong majority of Americans don’t want their taxpayer dollars funding abortion overseas. This legislation is urgently needed to disentangle American taxpayers from such egregious violations of human rights.”
Thomas McClusky, President of March for Life Action: “The current Administration plans to restart funding UNFPA despite the organization’s consistent support for China’s brutal child policy and the lack of evidence that UNFPA has changed course. We, therefore, urge you to support the legislation sponsored by Representative Chip Roy to remove taxpayer funding of UNFPA. The United States should support human rights, not fund international groups complicit in their violation.”
Other supporting organizations include: Heritage Action, Family Research Council Action, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Students for Life Action, Texas Values, Texas Right to Life, and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Background: Congressman Roy is a vocal advocate for a prudent common-sense foreign policy that stands up to China. In addition to the No Taxpayer Funding for the United Nations Population Fund Act, Congressman Roy has also introduced H.R. 420, No Taxpayer Funding for Paris Climate Agreement Act, H.R. 419, No Taxpayer Funding for the World Health Organization Act, H.R. 896, the Dr. Li Wenliang Congressional Gold Medal Act, H.R. 1021, No taxpayer funding for United Nations Human Rights Council Act, and H.R. 2057, Transparency for Confucius Institutes.