Trump Administration Proposes Rule Protecting Faith-Based Adoption Agencies

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PJ Media: The Trump administration has always been an advocate for religious liberty, and on Friday they reaffirmed that commitment by proposing rolling back an Obama-era rule that denied federal funding to foster care and adoption groups that exclude LGBT parents—which would be a huge win for faith-based organizations and the First Amendment.

The White House says the rule from the Department of Health and Human Services is needed to remove barriers that prevent some nonprofits from helping vulnerable people in their communities. It would apply to a broad range of organizations that receive federal support, such as those that get federal funding to help the homeless or prevent HIV. But the focus from supporters and detractors Friday was on foster care and adoption services.

Under the proposed rule, HHS would redo an Obama-era rule that included sexual orientation as a protected trait under anti-discrimination protections.

Opinion: I have been hearing some Christians say they are tired of the constant commotion of the Trump administration. I have heard several say they do not plan to vote for him again but stop short of supporting any of the current crop of Democrats.

Did you know that Donald Trump was the first US President to open the UN General Assembly with a call for religious freedom?

“Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the nations of the world to end religious persecution. Stop the crimes against people of faith,” Trump said. “Release prisoners of conscience. Repeal laws restricting freedom of religion and belief. Protect the vulnerable, the defenseless, and the oppressed.”

Additionally the president  asked “the governments of the world to honor the eternal right of every person to follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God.”

2017:

  • The President has announced a reversal of the Obama administration’s policy denying disaster aid to houses of worship, allowing houses of worship to receive crucial aid in times of crisis.
  • The Trump administration has taken a stand on behalf of religious liberty in the courts:
    • supported students declared ineligible for a scholarship because they attended a religious school;
    • supported the Archdiocese of Washington in its effort to buy ads for the holidays on public transportation; and
    • supported baker Jack Phillips’s right to operate his bakery in accordance with his religious beliefs

PRESERVING THE SANCTITY OF LIFE: President Trump has stopped the attack on pro-life policies, implementing policies to enshrine sanctity of life as an American value.

  • Within a week of taking office, President Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy, which protects $9 billion in foreign aid from being used to fund the global abortion industry and its advocates.
  • President Trump cut off taxpayer funding for the U.N. Population Fund.
  • President Trump signed H.J. Res. 43 into law, overturning a midnight regulation by the Obama Administration, which prohibited States from defunding certain abortion facilities in their Federally funded family planning programs.
  • President Trump expressed strong support for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would have stopped late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy—the point at which science tells us that an unborn child can experience pain.
  • President Trump’s Administration issued guidance to enforce the requirement that taxpayer dollars not support abortion coverage in Obamacare exchange plans.
  • President Trump rescinded an Obama-era policy that hindered States in their efforts to direct Medicaid funding away from abortion facilities that violate the law or fail to meet relevant standards of care.

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