Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) last night won a major victory for the funding of family planning around the world. "I am proud to have played a significant role in protecting the health and well-being of millions of impoverished women in more than 150 countries," said the San Francisco Democrat.
In the full Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congresswoman Pelosi, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Operations Subcommittee, offered an amendment to restore U.S. funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The Pelosi Amendment was approved by a solid 30-26 vote.
The opposition to funding UNFPA was based on the existence of its program in China. Pelosi pointed out that UNFPA conforms to universal standards of human rights and is already on record in opposition to coercion and China's one-child-per-family policy. The agency funds neither abortion nor abortion-related activities anywhere in the world. "Given these legal protections and the unabated demand for family planning around the world," Pelosi concluded, Congress should not block important programs that promote the safety and health of women."
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