Congressman Tim Ryan Statement on President Trump Halting U.S. Funds to United Nations Prenatal Care and Family Planning Services

Apr 4, 2017 Issues: Health and Wellness, Health Care

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan today released the following statement on President Trump halting U.S. funds to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). The UNFPA, like other UN agencies, is funded by governments around the world voluntarily. In 2015, the UNFPA received $979 million in donations, with the US being its fourth-largest donor.

“The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is responsible for administering critical and lifesaving prenatal care and family planning services to tens of thousands of women in more than 150 countries across the globe – including some of the poorest and most volatile. President Trump’s decision to withhold this funding will result in preventable death and suffering among the world’s most vulnerable. I call on the Trump Administration to reverse this disastrous decision,” said Congressman Ryan.

Funding was withheld through a Trump Administration determination stating the UNFPA violates a provision of law, known as the Kemp-Kasten amendment, which prohibits U.S. funding for organizations that support or participate in coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization. But there is no evidence to uphold those claims and the UNFPA rigorously monitors project sites to ensure compliance with international standards of voluntarism and informed choice.

Congressman Tim Ryan offered an amendment to last year’s State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill to increase funding to United Nations Prenatal Care and Family Planning Services. It was defeated 20 yeas to 29 nays.