Pro-life leaders call on Trump to oppose Shaheen amendment

Priests for Life

November 22, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          

Contact:  Leslie Palma -  917-697-7039

TITUSVILLE, FL -- Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life,

has signed onto a letter pointing out the dangers of an amendment in the U.S. Senate that is at odds with President Trump’s commitment to protect taxpayer dollars from supporting the abortion industry.

“We have the most pro-life President in history, and he has promised to veto any bill that would weaken the pro-life advances he has made, and Republican leaders in Congress have made it clear that they have the votes to sustain such a veto” Fr. Frank said.

“As an expression of our collaboration with the president in that commitment, other pro-life leaders and I have written to him to point out problems with an amendment added by New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to the Senate State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bill. The Shaheen amendment would undermine the president’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy,” Father Pavone said.

“First, and most troubling,” the letter said, “it increases a highly controversial earmark for international family planning by $57.55 million above current law, from $575 million to $632.55 million.  This funding serves to enrich global abortion providers: more money for this earmark exploits an aspect of the PLGHA that allows this account to serve as a taxpayer-funded supplemental for U.S.-based NGOs that actively promote abortion overseas.”

The amendment also would prohibit the U.S. Agency for International Aid from working with contractors that do not provide abortion. The letter writers said the new requirement would “’name and shame’ faith or community-based partners, particularly pro-life and pro-family partners.  The resulting blacklist is designed to drive qualified faith-based providers away from providing foreign assistance.”

The amendment also calls on the Government Accounting Office to evaluate the pro-life policies of the Trump administration.

Signatories to the letter, along with Father Pavone, include Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Pro-Life Activities; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List; Catherine Glenn Foster, president of Americans United for Life, and Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

“We are confident that President Trump will not allow the Democrat party’s abortion extremism to weaken the progress he has made,” Father Pavone concluded. “And we will continue to point out that tremendous progress to the voters, so that we can have another four years of it!”

The full text of the letter can be read here.

Priests for Life is the world’s largest Catholic pro-life organization dedicated exclusively to ending abortion. For more information, visit www.EndAbortion.US.

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