Major Coalition Urges President Bush to Zero-Fund UNFPA

    WASHINGTON, June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Population Research Institute, along
 with a coalition of over 140 groups, representing millions of Americans and
 many worldwide, urge President Bush in the following letter not to fund the
 UNFPA because of its continuing support of China's coercive abortion policy:
 
     June 20, 2002
 
     President George W. Bush
     The White House
     1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
     Washington, DC 20500
 
     Dear President Bush:
 
     We understand that a State Department delegation recently investigated
 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 the State Department investigation. The
 Chinese government agreed to receive this delegation. It was likely monitored
 by the Chinese government throughout the duration of its investigation. The
 delegation provided twenty-four hours notice of its travel plans to the
 Chinese. This was more than enough time for the Chinese government to have
 alerted 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
 information to determine if U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) 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
 in China where coercion does not exist -- has received subsequent concurrence
 from U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, in a State Department memo dated
 February 2, 2001.
     Both the Chinese State Family Planning Commission (SFPC) 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 27-30, 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 the 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
 
     FEMINISTS FOR LIFE
     Serrin M. Foster
     President
 
     CONCERNED WOMEN FOR AMERICA
     Sandy Rios
     President
 
     THE SALVATION ARMY
     Commissioner John Busby
     National Commander
 
     SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION
     Shannon Royce
     Director of Government Relations & Legislative Counsel Ethics &
     Religious Liberty Commission
 
     FOCUS ON THE FAMILY
     Thomas Jacobson
     Manager United Nations Department
 
     AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION
     Donald E. Wildmon
     Chairman
 
     CHRISTIAN COALITION OF AMERICA
     Roberta Combs
     President
 
     THE SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN (London, England)
     John Smeaton
     National Director
 
     TRADITIONAL VALUES COALITION
     Andrea Lafferty
     Executive Director
 
     CATHOLIC FAMILY AND HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTE
     Austin Ruse
     President
 
     THE BEVERLY LAHAYE INSTITUTE
     Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D.
     Senior Fellow
 
     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
 
     KIDS FIRST COALITION
     Penny Young Nance
     President
 
     THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF EPISCOPALIANS FOR LIFE (NOEL) Georgette
     Forney
     Executive Director
 
     INSTITUTE FOR THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES
     Gladys A. Sweeney, Ph.D.
     President and Dean
 
     TRADITION, FAMILY, PROPERTY, INC.
     C. Preston Noell III
     President
 
     COUNCIL FOR AMERICA
     Ron Pearson
     President
 
     CHAVAGNES INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE, France
     Ferdi McDermott
     President.
 
     CAMPAIGN LIFE COALITION CANADA
     Jim Hughes
     President
 
     HUMANAE VITAE HOUSE (Braemar, Scotland)
     Rev. James Morrow
 
     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
 
     PRO-LIFE EDUCATION AMERICA, Hawaii
     Jason Jones
     President
 
     LIFE 

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