June 7, 2002
Volume 4/ Number 12
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.
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Steven W. Mosher
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.
POPULATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE
FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA
CATHOLIC FAMILY AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE
THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN
TRADITIONAL VALUES COALITION
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
Director of Government Relations & Legislative Counsel
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
CHRISTIAN COALITION OF AMERICA
COALITIONS FOR AMERICA
Paul M. Weyrich
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM COALITION
William J. Murray
FAMILY PROTECTION LOBBY
FAMILY ACTION ALLIANCE
Charles A. Donovan
TRADITION, FAMILY, PROPERTY, INC.
C. Preston Noell III
THE BEVERLY LAHAYE INSTITUTE
Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
NATIONAL ABSTINENCE CLEARINGHOUSE
President and Founder
CLEVELAND RIGHT TO LIFE
Daniel P. Coyne
William T. Devlin
THE FAMILY RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF WISCONSIN
Julaine K. Appling
CHRISTIAN CIVIC LEAGUE OF MAINE
LAKE COUNTY RIGHT TO LIFE
Dawn E. Slike