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EDM (Early Day Motion) 728A1: tabled on 28 February 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 8 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Chris McCafferty on 24 January 2002. This is amendment number 1.

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Suggested amendment

leave out from US to end and add: 'That President, Mr George Bush, to place on hold the funding of $34 million to the UNFPA approved by Congress; notes his concern about the consistent moral and financial support of the UNFPA given to the Chinese birth control programme which includes compulsory abortion and sterilisation; further notes the conclusions reached by Catherine Baber of Amnesty International that forced abortion in the Chinese programme amounted to torture; reminds Honourable Members that the UNFPA representative in China, Sven Burmester, has declared '... For all the bad press, China has achieved the impossible. The Country has solved its population problem', an ethos supported by the UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Obaid, who 'praised' the 'notable achievements' of the Chinese policy, recalls, however, to members the Nazi War Crimes Tribunals in Nuremberg which rules 'Forced abortion' as a crime against humanity'; urges Honourable Members, regardless of their views on the principle of abortion, to recognise that forced sterilisation and abortion do not conform with basic human rights and calls on the British Government to follow the lead of President Bush and place on hold any further funding to the UNFPA until they openly oppose coercion in birth control programmes.'.

Original motion text

That this House welcomes the recent decision of the US Congress to approve funding of $34 million to the UNFPA; notes that this will enable UNFPA to implement new reproductive health programmes and progress existing projects that will help prevent 800,000 unsafe abortions and the deaths of 4,700 mothers and 77,000 children under the age of five every year and enable support for international HIV/AIDS prevention programmes; and urges President Bush to approve the decision as a matter or urgency.