Republicans voted eleven separate times this week to block funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). That’s right, eleven separate times in the span of just three hours.
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President Obama’s restoration of funding to UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, sends a strong message to the world’s women that the new president’s promise of change is more than just a political slogan.
The just-passed 2009 omnibus spending bill contains $50 million for UNFPA. But the agency remaining the bete noir of influential conservatives, and the controversy over the U.S. contribution to it isn’t going away.
At the launch of UNFPA’s annual State of the World report, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, a longtime advocate of international women’s health, told reporters that President-Elect Obama will restore UNFPA funding.