Stop Trump’s Defunding Of UN Maternal Health Organization

Target: Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader

Goal: Oppose Donald Trump’s defunding of the United Nations Population Fund.

The Trump administration has put a halt on all United States grants to the United Nations Population Fund. This is a global humanitarian organization that provides reproductive care to women around the world. The organization also combats female genital mutilation and child marriage internationally.

The defunding was accomplished using the 1985 Kemp-Kasten Amendment, which prohibits U.S. foreign aid to organizations that participate in “coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.” The State Department invoked the amendment, which former President George W. Bush used to defund the Populations Fund between 2002 and 2008.

The United Nations Population Fund does not provide abortion services or promote them internationally. The Trump administration hasn’t offered an explanation for halting U.S. funds to the organization. It’s not clear whether there is any evidence of the Fund participating in activities that would call for invoking the Kemp-Kasten Amendment.

Sign the petition below to urge Congress to work toward overturning this attack on global reproductive health.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator McConnell,

The Trump administration has halted all U.S. grants to the United Nations Population Fund, an international humanitarian organization that promotes reproductive health all over the world. The State Department invoked the Kemp-Kasten Amendment of 1985, which bans American aid to organizations that participate in coercive abortion. The administration has offered no evidence that the UN Population Fund is doing so.

As there is no evidence that this amendment is called for, this move appears to be nothing more than an attack on international family planning and women’s healthcare. Donald Trump reinstated the Global Gag Order earlier this year, which bans American funding to international organizations that provide information to women about safe abortions.

This administration has made clear its intention to limit women’s access to reproductive health in the United States, and this latest step expands that effort to a global scale. I urge you and the rest of the United States Senate to review and oppose this action, as Donald Trump has offered no evidence to back up the invocation of the Kemp-Kasten Amendment. Women’s healthcare is a human right, and the United Nations Population Fund deserves American support in its humanitarian efforts to protect women around the world.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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2 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Trump = “Destroyer-in-Chief”

  2. Another heartless example of what we have as our ” president “. Tired of him? Sign up at one of the many sites to begin impeachment proceedings now.

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