The administration has increased the proposed 2023 budget to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by 72%, from $32 million to $56 million, with no restrictions. This is the same group involved in China's population control operations.
The Congressional Executive Commission on China, created by Congress in 2000, monitors China's compliance with international human rights standards. Reggie Littlejohn of Women's Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) tells AFN that a report from the CECC contends that the communist regime's forced abortion and sterilization policies continue.
"The Congressional Executive Commission on China also states that these problems are heightened in Xinjiang Province against the Uyghurs," Littlejohn shares, "where it says that the Uyghur women are continuing to be subjected to forced IUDs, forced sterilization, and forced abortion."
The WRWF website highlights the atrocities committed against women in China:
"China's population control program, called the 'One Child Policy,' is enforced through coercive measures including forced abortion and forced sterilization."
"Since the majority of those aborted are female, the One Child Policy has created gender imbalance that is a powerful, driving force behind sexual slavery in Asia."
This selective abortion of females is known as "gendercide." According to WRWF, 400 million Chinese girls have been aborted, leading to "an entire nation of women not living in China today because they were aborted before they were born."
Forced abortions are also being used against the Uyghur people, with suspicions that this is a means to eradicate their population. Though the status of Uyghurs as an ethnic minority ought to exclude them from the One Child Policy, members of this people group are allowed three children if they live in the country and two if they live in the city.
Littlejohn states that the UNFPA can no longer argue that forced abortions are not still happening in China – and she points to a related petition her organization currently has available online.
At the same time, she argues that one must consider legislation by Congress.
"The Kemp-Kasten Amendment states that no funding from the United States can be made available to 'any organization or program which, as determined by the President of the United States, supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive or involuntary sterilization,'" Littlejohn says.
In her opinion, this is exactly what the UNFPA is doing: supporting a program in China that promotes forced abortions.
Five of the 23 members of the CECC are appointed by the president. The remaining 18 are divided evenly between the Senate and the House.