Source: On Politics
By John Toscano
Following the announcement that the Trump administration will cease all funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Congress Member Carolyn B. Maloney (D–Queens/Manh.) a strong defender of international family planning and UNFPA, released the following statement:
“Few organizations save as many women’s lives as the UNFPA, and I deeply oppose the administration’s cruel decision to cut funding for this essential organization. This decision endangers millions of women and girls around the globe. Taking away funding from this organization jeopardizes the integral services UNFPA provides not only in peacetime, but during humanitarian crises as well.
“UNFPA is the world’s largest provider of maternal health care during such crises, including those we are currently witnessing in the Middle East. According to the organization, in 2016 alone, US funding prevented 100,000 unsafe abortions and 10,000 maternal deaths. In the Jordanian Zaatari refugee camp, UNFPA has helped deliver 7,000 babies without a single maternal death. The administration’s refusal to fund the UNFPA and its work is a life-threatening decision.
“Contrary to the State Department’s statements, UNFPA does not engage in forced abortions or sterilization, and targeting this organization for working with Chinese agencies to bring better health care to women and girls is a thinly veiled excuse to once again come between a woman and her doctor. UNFPA has a proven record of success in addressing the health needs of women and their families around the world and we should be supporting and expanding these efforts, not threatening them.”