MALONEY BLASTS DEAL TO TRADE OFF INTERNATIONAL FAMILY PLANNING FOR UN ARREARS

Nov 15, 1999
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, after learning about negotiations between the Administration and GOP congressional leaders to trade $1 billion in back dues to the United Nations for language linking the dues payments to restrictions on abortion advocacy, Congressional Women's Caucus Co-Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) released the following statement:

"Last night, Administration negotiators paid an unjustifiable, high-cost ransom to a small number of extreme-right, anti-choice lawmakers who have been holding hostage US dues to the UN. This deal cripples efforts to support women's health and a woman's right to choose across the world. This trade off is unacceptable.

"If the reported details of this negotiation are true, then it constitutes this Administration's most offensive about-face on the right to choose.

"The United Nations is in my district and I know as well as any Republican from New Jersey or Texas how important it is for the US to pay off its UN dues. But paying off dues at the expense of the health of women across the globe is unacceptable. I have asked the Administration to arrange a meeting with Democratic women members of Congress and international family planning organizations to discuss this trade off as soon as possible."