President-elect Donald Trump today named pro-life Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his ambassador to China. The nomination is important to the pro-life movement, which has been very concerned about the population control that takes place in the Asian nation.
China recently went from the one child policy to a two child policy that still involves genocide such as forced abortions and the abandonment of girl babies in a culture that values boys over girls.
Leading organizations that focus on the problems of forced abortions in China have called on the incoming Trump Administration to investigate the involvement of American-based abortion business Planned Parenthood in the population control programs in China. Previously the abortion company has been found to be complicit in the population control activities there.
During his tenure as the governor of Iowa, Branstad has been an ally to the pro-life movement.
Last year, Iin light of shocking videos exposing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies, Branstad ordered a review of state taxpayer funding to ensure that no public money goes to the abortion company.
“Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds believe in protecting the sanctity of life and are appalled by the newly circulated video where a senior Planned Parenthood employee casually discussed the sale of parts of aborted fetuses. As elected officials with strong pro-life records – including signing a bill requiring parental notifications should a minor seek an abortion as well as legislation requiring the option to view a sonogram before a procedure – learning of this video was disturbing,” his office said at the time.
“In Iowa, Planned Parenthood does not receive state funds for abortions. Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds have ensured that Planned Parenthood is never reimbursed for an abortion. It is important to note that there have been zero taxpayer reimbursed Medicaid abortion procedures over the past two years,” it added. “Because Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds believe strongly that every life is worth protecting, they have asked the Iowa Department of Public Health to thoroughly review the funding the Legislature appropriated for women’s health and the Family Planning Block Grant to ensure it does not and will not ever fund abortions or operations related to abortion procedures.”
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Brandstad has been praised for acknowledging how abortion hurts women and he declared an “Abortion Recovery Month” to help women find hope and healing.
At the ceremony signing the proclamation, Branstad was joined by representatives from pro-life organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, post-abortive healing ministries, and women who have recovered from their abortions. A press conference came afterwards with comments from various individuals, including abortion survivor Melissa Ohden, and Luana Stoltenberg from the post-abortion recovery organization Operation Outcry.