US Tax Dollars Fund Uganda Family Planning Campaign

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Many Americans may be shocked to learn their tax dollars are being used for population control. The U.S. government has been funneling millions of dollars overseas to so-called family planning services.

Specifically, the U.S. Agency for International Development States launched an family planning ad campaign in Uganda.

One billboard states, "256,700 youths can't find jobs every year. Smaller families will improve our quality of life."

Dr. Cal Beisner is founder and head of the Cornwall Alliance, a coalition of Christian leaders committed to bringing a biblical view of the environment and development.    

"American taxpayers should be concerned about billboards like that precisely because they are American elitists, environmentalists, anti-population growth thought forcing itself on the thinking of poor people in poor countries," Beisner said.

But the billboards are only a small part of USAID's overall campaign to provide Uganda with what it calls "family planning and reproductive health care."

Beisner prefers to call it population control.

USAID declined CBN News' request for an on-camera interview but a spokesperson said, "41-percent of women in Uganda want to delay, space, or limit childbearing, but lack access to the supplies and services they want."

She emphasized that USAID's services are "voluntary" and includes a "wide mix of contraceptives."

Abortion is not mentioned among those services. Abortion is illegal in Uganda except to save the life of the mother, and it would be a violation of federal law for USAID to provide funds to pay for abortion.

Still, Beisner maintained most Ugandans want large families because they don't have a social security program.

"For poor people in the developing countries, having a lot of children means you've got somebody to take care of you when you get into old age," he said. "They think of children as a blessing."

Paul Bonicelli worked for USAID in the Bush administration. He believes the emphasis on population control in countries like Uganda comes directly from the White House.

The figures bear that out.
    
USAID directed $5 million to the program in 2005, the first year of President George Bush's second term.

That figure tripled to $15 million in the first year of the Obama administration. This year, the agency is spending $24 million on family planning.

Bonicelli believes that money could be used far more effectively.

"They're really interested in where do I get a job, not how do I have fewer children," Bonicelli explained. "Lack of jobs means let's have economic growth, not let's try to limit the numbers of families."

Both Bonicelli and Beisner believe there's a more sinister motive behind the U.S. government's campaign.

"Why is it just people of color that we seem to want to limit the numbers of?" he asked. "It's troubling. It shocks me. It bothers me."

"It's racist," Beisner said. "In the end, it's racist. You never hear about over-population in the Netherlands, (with) 1,300 people per square mile. But you hear about it in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the average population density is more in the neighborhood of a 100 to a 150 per square mile."

"The issue isn't population density," he charged. "It's color."

USAID's involvement in population control extends beyond Uganda. The organization spent $29 million two years ago on family planning in neighboring Kenya.
    
Across sub-Saharan Africa, tax dollars are being used to curb the population.

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