President Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to stop sending taxpayer money to abortion organizations, and he just defunded a massive liberal organization.
For the third year in a row, Trump has ordered the defunding of the UNFPA, a United Nations population control agency that promotes abortions worldwide.
Trump’s decision means the pro-abortion UN group will not receive $32.5 million in taxpayer funds to push abortion and “population control” around the world.
Instead, the funds will be used for family planning and women’s health initiatives that do not involve abortion.
When Trump first signed an executive order in 2017 to defund the group, he admitted being against the UN population group because it pushes abortions on other countries.
The president, honoring his promise to pro-lifers, renewed the order in 2018 and has renewed it again this year.
The UNFPA has also worked with China for decades to implement forced abortion population control policies.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took dead aim at China in a statement announcing the executive order:
“China’s family planning policies still involve the use of coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization practices,” conditions that under US law require an end to funding. He said that the UN Population Fund’s public documents state that “it partners on family planning with the Chinese government agency responsible for these coercive policies.”
Here’s where Trump stands out: former President Barack Obama resumed U.S. taxpayer funding of UNFPA in 2009.
The Obama administration continued supporting the abortion program and sent over $300 million in taxpayer money to UNFPA between 2009 and 2016.
Leaders of pro-life organizations applauded Trump for defunding the group for the third year in a row.
“Not only has President Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, but he’s also modernized it by applying it to all foreign health assistance programs,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.
He added: “For nearly a decade under President Obama, Americans have funded UNFPA, which has a long history of involvement in China’s brutal birth limitation policy – enforcement of which routinely includes the atrocity of forced abortions. Thanks to President Trump, the Secretary of State is directed to ensure Americans are no longer complicit in violating the dignity of women and children overseas. No longer will abortion be a top U.S. export.”
Reggie Littlejohn, president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, also praised the president for his pro-life policies.
“UNFPA has been found to be complicit with coercive population control in China in the past, and I have no doubt that any unbiased investigation would find them complicit again. I have long advocated for the defunding of UNFPA.”
Trump continues to prove that when he makes a promise to voters, he will get the job done.