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The US has withdrawn funding for the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), an agency that promotes family planning in over 150 countries, a media report said.

"UNFPA does not fund or perform abortions or forced sterilizations anywhere in the world". Like the gag rule, the UNFPA has been a frequent target of Republican presidential administrations.

"UNFPA, to this day, continues to operate in China in collaboration with the state-run family planning program".

Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, said: "We are thrilled that the U.S. is no longer funding forced abortion and involuntary sterilization in China".

In 2016, health advocacy groups say, United States support for the organization's work prevented an estimated 320,000 pregnancies and averted 100,000 unsafe abortions, while ensuring 800,000 people had access to contraception.

In a statement, UNFPA said it regrets the USA decision to end funding, which it said is based on an "erroneous claim" that the agency supports coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has said it regrets the decision by the United States (US) to deny any future funding for its life-saving work the world over.

In a letter to US Senate foreign relations committee chairman Bob Corker, the state department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) "supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation". "Looking back, I feel a great sense of pride for the Chinese Government and people for their support to UNFPA and to me, personally, I also feel proud that UNFPA made the wise decision to resist external pressures and continued its fruitful cooperation with China", she said.

The 1985 "Kemp-Kasten amendment" prohibits federal funding for any agency that "supports or participates in the management of a program of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization". In a budget proposal released in March, Trump indicated that he wanted to cease payments to the U.N.'s climate change program and cut USA contributions to United Nations peacekeeping operations. For the past 35 years the Chinese government has wasted precious human potential and sanctioned state-sponsored violence against women and children-enabled by pro-abortion groups globally and the United Nations Population Fund. Haley has vowed to cut US funding to the organization. "The UNFPA is going to employ some of these [Chinese demographic] experts to work in other countries and popularize China's experiences in population growth control and family planning".

'This withdrawal of funding will place at risk the UNFPA's essential role as a champion for ending early and forced child marriage and female genital mutilation, two practices that jeopardise the health and futures of millions of girls annually.

Trump's reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy was criticized in February by Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation has as its focus the support of family planning across the globe.

Supporters of reproductive health programs are all the more disheartened because the de-funding decision comes on the heels of the administration's re-imposition through executive action of a separate policy that bars USA funding of global family planning groups that provide or "promote" abortions - defined to include health workers offering women referrals or basic information about the procedure.

Starting in 1979, China had a "one-child policy" enforced in many cases with state-mandated abortions.