Senate Republicans Poised to Help Create Slush Fund for International Abortion Groups
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2016
|CONTACT: Andrew Shirley
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
Good Intentions Sometimes Make Bad Policy
|Washington, D.C – Last week Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), at the request of Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), included language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that is of great concern to pro-life activists. The NDAA is a United States federal law specifying the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. Language added last week will create a single entity to control $37.5 million for international sex trafficking grants with minimal oversight and no inherent pro-life protections. Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund had the following comment:
“Human trafficking of any kind – forced labor, sex trafficking, and other forms of modern day slavery are an affront to the inherent dignity of the human person. Many wonderful religious and non-profit groups are dedicated to fighting the scourge of human trafficking and to restoring hope and healing to its victims. We are grateful for this brave and critical work.
However, included in the NDAA is funding language for an anti-trafficking program that lacks basic pro-life protections. Recipients of this funding will likely be big abortion businesses rather than groups holistically dedicated to fighting the scourge of trafficking and defending the inherent dignity of the human person.
I have no doubt Senators McCain and Corker truly want to end the atrocities connected to trafficking. But good intentions do not always translate to good policy. Legislative efforts to fight trafficking must include oversight and pro-life protections if they are to be regarded as serious, and potentially effective, efforts to combat human trafficking.”
The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world. The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.
|Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Andrew Shirley at or (703) 739-5920.