HHS: Religious groups that help trafficking victims must endorse abortion
Ryan Colby 202-349-7219 email@example.com
The US government gives money to organizations that help human trafficking victims. Trafficking is a big problem; it’s extremely difficult to help the victims; and religious groups have always been on the front line (often alone).
Now the Obama Administration is effectively cutting off funding to religious groups unless they are willing to endorse abortion.
The HHS requirements for this 2011 grant, for example, express “strong preference” for “grantees . . . that will offer all victims referral to medical providers who can provide or refer for provision of treatment for sexually transmitted infections, family planning services and the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care” (emphasis added).
This will directly harm victims of human trafficking, as groups like the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Salvation Army have long been at the forefront of efforts to help victims. It is a politically calculated sacrifice of human trafficking victims on the altar of a pro-abortion agenda—with the conscience of religious groups as a collateral damage.