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Pull Out of the U.N. Population Fund

May 10, 1999

Within the next week or so, Congress will vote on whether to restore $60 million over the next two years to the United Nations Population Fund -- which aims to cut global population growth.

Critics contend that not only have fears of over-population been discredited, but that the fund has been involved in brutal population-control programs -- such as China's mandatory one- child-per-couple policy.

  • Some researchers claim that China's one-child policy has led to the deaths of some five million to 10 million children through neglect in "orphanages" there -- 80 percent to 90 percent of them girls.
  • The U.N. Population Fund once gave an award to the Chinese government for the effectiveness of its one-child policy.
  • In his book, "The Great Leap Forward," author David Wallechinsky estimates that Chairman Mao's policies claimed the lives of 10 million to 20 million Chinese.
  • Last year, the U.S. Senate Committee on Human Rights heard from first-hand witnesses of the China population program, who related how rural women are forcibly strapped to steel tables in "hospitals" and subjected to abortions -- in some cases in the seventh, eighth or ninth months of pregnancy.

Critics charge that in countries ranging from India to Mexico to Nigeria to Brazil, the basic human rights of couples to control their own fertility and determine their own family size have been trampled upon by the state -- aided by the activities of organizations such as the U.N. Population Fund.

Source: Stephen Moore (Cato Institute), "Population Control Chimera," Washington Times, May 9, 1999.


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