U.S. to Withhold Aid to Fund Linked to Forced Abortions

WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 18, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Bush administration will withhold funds from the U.N. Population Fund for the third straight year because of the fund’s connection to China and forced abortions.

The U.S. State Department said it was convinced the fund helped China manage programs that involved forced abortions.

Secretary of State Colin Powell said the administration would continue to help women and children around the world through other programs.

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee, meanwhile, has blocked a proposal by a New York congresswoman, Nita Lowey, to spend $25 million for a U.N. family-planning program in Iraq, Afghanistan and four other countries.