Adding to the stellar lineup of nominations for various cabinet and department head positions, the Trump administration has announced that he intends to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with former Congressman and current Director of Central Intelligence, Mike Pompeo.
Pompeo’s nomination has earned the praise of pro-life advocates due to his long history of supporting pro life legislation while serving as a United States Congressman for the state of Kansas.
“This will be considered good news by pro-life and pro-family advocates since Pompeo has a lengthy record in support of a right to life,” said Center for Human and Family Rights President Austin Ruse, in a special report. “The reason this is important to pro-lifers is that the under the Democrats the U.S. became a font of radical social policy around the world and at the UN. The expectation is that Pompeo understands this and will put a stop to it.” More from the CFAM special report:
As a Congressman, Pompeo said he believed life begins at conception and ends at natural death. He co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act which said, “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood…”
Pompeo co-sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act that called for the prohibition of federal funding to any group that performs abortions.
Pompeo co-sponsored a bill that would have included the unborn child in 14th amendment protections.
Pompeo also has spoken out in favor of natural marriage. According to the CFAM special report, “on the Obergefell decision that imposed same-sex marriage on the country, Pompeo said, “Creating, out of nowhere, a federal right to marry, flies in the face of centuries of shared understanding of our Constitution. It is a shocking abuse of power. It is wrong. I will continue to fight to protect our most sacred institutions; Kansans and our nation deserve no less.””
For these reasons, the Human Rights Campaign is opposing his nomination.
Pompeo has made his stance clear on family values, saying in 2013:
“As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage. I will continue the fight to uphold these fundamental ideals each and every day. I am, and always will be, pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. I will continue to oppose any taxpayer funding for abortion. I also fully support the traditional institution of marriage. Strong families are the most important building block of our Republic, and we must preserve them for the sake of our community and our culture.”