President-elect Donald Trump picked another pro-life leader to join his administration this past week.
On Saturday, Trump chose U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to head the Office of Management and Budget. The choice upset abortion advocates, who quickly drew attention to Mulvaney’s efforts to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood.
“We are going to do great things for the American people with Mick Mulvaney leading the Office of Management and Budget,” Trump said in a statement. “… With Mick at the head of OMB, my administration is going to make smart choices about America’s budget, bring new accountability to our federal government, and renew the American taxpayer’s trust in how their money is spent.”
Mulvaney has a 100-percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee. On his website, he says he is “committed to promoting legislation that will protect the unborn.”
In a statement about his nomination, Mulvaney said:
“The Trump administration will restore budgetary and fiscal sanity back in Washington after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda, and will work with Congress to create policies that will be friendly to American workers and businesses. Each day, families across our nation make disciplined choices about how to spend their hard earned money, and the federal government should exercise the same discretion that hardworking Americans do every day.”
The pro-abortion blog Rewire reports Mulvaney is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, which recently released a list of priorities for Trump’s first 100 days in office. One priority is to revoke President Barack Obama’s new rule that essentially prohibits states from defunding Planned Parenthood.
In 2015, Mulvaney also joined 30 other Republicans in committing to opposing any legislation to fund the federal government unless it defunded the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
Planned Parenthood, which aborts about 320,000 unborn babies a year, received about $550 million in taxpayer dollars last year. Federal lawmakers made several attempts to defund the abortion giant in the past few years, but President Obama vetoed the legislation.
Mulvaney also has spoken out against Obamacare’s HHS mandate. Back in 2012, he joined more than 50 other members of Congress to oppose the mandate, which forces religious employers to pay for insurance coverage including birth control and drugs that may cause abortions.
He also was involved in a 2015 Congressional hearing with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards. The hearing concerned the undercover investigation by the Center for Medical Progress showing the abortion chain trafficking aborted baby body parts. Mulvaney asked Richards what should be done if a baby survives an abortion. Richards responded that she had never heard of such a thing happening.
Many of Trump’s nominees for his administration so far have been strong pro-life leaders. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Congressman Tom Price, Senator Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos are among them.