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Group Letter Urges Bush to Invoke Kemp-Kasten


June 7, 2002

Volume 4/ Number 12

Dear Colleague:

The U.S. State Department delegation to China is expected to release its report on UNFPA coercion soon. Pro-family groups—representing the views of millions of Americans—have signed the following letter to President Bush.

If you would like to sign this letter on behalf of yourself or as a representative of a pro-life, pro-family group, please hit “reply,” type in your name and address, or the name and address of the principal of your group, and send to PRI.

Steven W. Mosher

President

Group Letter Urges Bush to Invoke Kemp-Kasten

President George W. Bush

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Bush:

We understand that a State Department delegation is in China investigating UNFPA’s involvement in China’s coercive one-child policy.

This delegation was preceded by what appears to have been two international whitewashes of forced abortion in China.

We have grave concerns about this current State Department investigation. The Chinese government agreed to receive this State Department delegation. It will be monitored by the Chinese government throughout the duration of its investigation. The delegation also will provide twenty-four hours notice of its travel plans to the Chinese. This will be more than enough time for the Chinese government to alert officials of their coming, and for cover stories of “voluntarism” to be in place.

The purpose of the delegation is to provide you, Mr. President, with the information to determine if U.N. Population Fund activities in China violate the Kemp-Kasten Amendment. This amendment prohibits U.S. funds from going to groups that support or manage programs of forced abortion and non-voluntary sterilization overseas.

In making your decision, we urge you to use the original interpretation of Kemp-Kasten. Two previous Presidents, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, determined that UNFPA activities in China alone were sufficient to render UNFPA ineligible to receive U.S. funds.

We have additional concerns about the flawed reinterpretation of Kemp-Kasten established by President Bill Clinton designed to circumvent federal protections against U.S. taxpayer support of forced abortion programs abroad. Sadly, this flawed reinterpretation—supported only by written statements from China and the UNFPA which allege that UNFPA is involved only in regions of China where coercion does not exist—has received subsequent concurrence from the U.S. Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in a State Department memo dated February 2, 2001.

Both the Chinese State Family Planning Commission (SEPC) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) claim that coercion does not exist in thirty-two county family planning programs supported and jointly managed by the UNFPA in China. (Sources: “Reproductive Health/Family Planning Project,” CPR/98/PO1, The Project Office of the State Family Planning Commission, UNFPA; “UNFPA’s County Program in China: Providing Quality Care, Protecting Human Rights,” UNFPA, August 10, 2001.)

However, from September 27-20, 2001, a team of independent investigators from Population Research Institute recorded audio and videotaped testimonies of victims and witnesses of coercion in UNFPA’s “model” county program in Sihui, Guandong Province, PRC. More than two-dozen victims and witnesses said that coercion, only coercion, and nothing but coercion, exists in this UNFPA county program in China, in which SFPC and the UNFPA have expressed in writing that they “work together.”

China’s one-child policy is coercive. UNFPA clearly supports this program, which is implemented through forced abortion and non-voluntary sterilization, and is therefore in violation of Kemp-Kasten.

We urge you, Mr. President, to be very careful when reviewing the findings of the State Department delegation, and to defund UNFPA because of its continuing support of the coercive population program in China.

Sincerely,

POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Steve Mosher

President

FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL

Connie Mackey

Vice President for Governmental Affairs

CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA

Sandy Rios

President

CATHOLIC FAMILY AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE

Austin Ruse

President

THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

London, England

TRADITIONAL VALUES COALITION

Andrea Lafferty

Executive Director

SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION

Shannon Royce

Director of Government Relations & Legislative Counsel

Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

CHRISTIAN COALITION OF AMERICA

Roberta Combs

President

COALITIONS FOR AMERICA

Paul M. Weyrich

National Chairman

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COALITION

William J. Murray

President

FAMILY PROTECTION LOBBY

Douglas Stiegler

Executive Director

FAMILY ACTION ALLIANCE

Charles A. Donovan

Executive Director

TRADITION, FAMILY, PROPERTY, INC.

C. Preston Noell III

President

THE BEVERLY LAHAYE INSTITUTE

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow

NATIONAL ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE

Leslee Unruh

President and Founder

CLEVELAND RIGHT TO LIFE

Daniel P. Coyne

President

URBAN FAMILY

William T. Devlin

President

THE FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF WISCONSIN

Julaine K. Appling

Executive Director

CHRISTIAN CIVIC LEAGUE OF MAINE

Mike Heath

Director

LAKE COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE

Dawn E. Slike

President

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