By Tony Perkins
It took a Supreme Court order to stop the President from forcing his abortion agenda on U.S. businesses. And it may take just as much to stop the administration’s radicalism from stepping all over the freedom of faith-based groups who serve refugee children. As early as next week, the administration will putting the finishing touches on a new rule that all organizations– including religious ones — who provide government-funded services for immigrant children must be willing to refer minors for services like abortion.
And here’s the rub: the administration didn’t even take the time to hear from faith-based providers before drafting its final version of the regs. It would be “contrary to the public interest,” officials say, to wait “until a public notice and comment process is complete.” As outrageous as the fallout is for pro-life and church-affiliated groups, it’s equally shocking that these children would be proactively steered toward abortion when they’re entering the U.S. without their moms and dads. Most people are just as upset with the attack on parents’ rights as they are with the White House trampling the First Amendment.
Unfortunately for Catholic agencies, who provide the bulk of these social services, this is nothing new. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops lost its grant for a sex trafficking victims program when the President decided that pro-abortion views were a prerequisite of any government partnership. Now, months later, conscience and freedom are back in the rearview of this administration’s high-speed pursuit of abortion-on-demand. As if that weren’t bad enough, the government is also demanding that these provider facilities give their staff in-depth “LGBTQI” training to “help” children who may have trouble identifying themselves. “‘Gender identity’ refers to one’s sense of oneself,” the rules have been rewritten to read. If this kind of radicalism keeps up, these children are going to need a refuge from the President’s politics more than they need asylum from their home countries.
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law.
(Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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