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[Editorial] Defunding the UNFPA: sign of the times

It was expected but still devastating. The US State Department on April 3 announced a defunding of the UN organisation for family planning and reproductive health, the UNFPA. The USA claimed the agency “supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation in China”, invoking the Kemp-Kasten Amendment prohibiting US funding of organisations involved in such activities. The UNFPA strenuously denies this allegation.

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