Biden Increases Contribution to Pro-Abortion UNICEF Program

By Alexis I. Fragosa, Esq. | January 20, 2022

Samantha Power, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

WASHINGTON, D.C. January 20 (C-Fam) The U.S. announced $37 million in new contributions to Education Cannot Wait, a global fund that promotes abortion and “comprehensive sexuality education.”

The new funding brings the total U.S. contribution to roughly $92.3 million, according to the fund’s press release.

“The U.S. has proudly supported Education Cannot Wait since its inception in 2016 and we are proud to boost our support,” said U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power when announcing the new U.S. $37 million contribution – the largest contribution made by the U.S. to date.

“We look forward to increasing[ing] access to education and . . . reach[ing] the most marginalized students – especially girls . . . and gender and sexual minorities,” said Powers.

Education Cannot Wait is a global education initiative hosted by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and funded by governments, private industry, and multilateral institutions. It was established in 2016 to finance education programs for children affected by emergencies and protracted crises. It’s programming reached 30 million children in response to COVID-19. Nearly 5 million children and adolescents around the world are educated through Education Cannot Wait programming.

In addition to funding educational programs for children, Education Cannot Wait promotes sexual and reproductive health rights, which are commonly understood to include both access to contraception and abortion. Programs that receive funds from Education Cannot Wait are required to advance these ideas and adhere to strict policy guidelines outlined in various strategy documents.

In its 2018-2021 Gender Strategy document, Education Cannot Wait asserted that “sexual and reproductive health interventions” are indispensable for ensuring continued education and preventing pregnancy. Therefore, grant recipients were encouraged to link “sexual and reproductive health services to education and learning opportunities.”

In addition to advancing sexual and reproductive health care rights, Education Cannot Wait partners are required to promote “comprehensive sexuality education” that promotes masturbation and homosexuality, and controversial theories about “gender identity.”

Although Education Cannot Wait acknowledges only two sexes – increasingly rare among international human rights organizations, it’s 2019-2021 Gender Strategy claims “gender norms” evolve over time. The strategy defined gender as “socially constructed identities, attributes and roles for women and men, girls and boys” that necessarily results in “hierarchical relationships between men and women” and “in the distribution of power and rights favoring men and disadvantaging women.”

The UN has never accepted the idea that gender is a “social construct.” In fact, the hard law treaty establishing the International Criminal Court defines gender as “men and women in the context of society.”

Education Cannot Wait policy guidelines also direct its partners to follow UNESCO’s Technical Guidance on Comprehensive Sexuality Education, a highly controversial guidance which includes many themes and concepts that have never received global consensus including the right to “sexual and reproductive health (including access to safe abortion services and post-abortion care).”

Grant recipients include Plan International, Save the Children, UNICEF and UNESCO. Save the Children is known for promoting abortion access for girls and for opposing laws that require parental consent before their child may obtain an abortion.

Lawmakers have introduced resolutions in Congress affirming support for education funding abroad in developing countries through Education Cannot Wait’s programming. Ostensibly pro-life members of Congress have co-sponsored these resolutions.