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Right To Life Disappointed By Govt Grants

13 June 2006

Right to Life New Zealand is disappointed that the New Zealand government continues to fund two international organizations that promote a culture of death through promoting and providing contraception sterilization and abortion worldwide.

It is appalling that the government has given $7.3 Million in 2005 to the United Nations Population Fund [UNFPA] and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, [IPPF].

Both of these organizations support China’s infamous one child family policy. The policy includes forced abortions of those women who have conceived a child without the permission of the state. The policy also includes forced sterilisations, heavy fines, loss of educational benefits for their children and loss of employment. These are appalling violations of human rights.

UNFPA actively assists China in implementing its coercive population control policy. UNFPA was also actively involved in the forced sterilization of 20,000 Peruvian women during the government of the disgraced Albert Fujimora.

A United States State Department delegation to China in 2001 found overwhelming evidence of UNFPAs involvement in the human rights violations of China’s one child family policy. This was confirmed by the Secretary of State Collin Powell who concluded that “UNFPA’s support of….China’s population-planning activities allows the Chinese government to implement more effectively its program of coercive abortion. The United States government has ceased funding UNFPA because of its involvement in coercive abortion and involuntary sterilization.

Our government claims to uphold the human right of all women to choose to have a baby and to oppose forced abortions. Why then did the government in 2002 reject the documentary evidence obtained from the United States and provided by this Society implicating UNFPA in China’s family control human rights abuses? The taxpayers of New Zealand have a right to know why the government continues to fund UNFPA and IPPF.


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