Long-time pro-life advocate Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas has been nominated as the United States ambassador on religious freedom.
The Newburgh Gazette reports President Donald Trump nominated Brownback this week to head the Office of International Religious Freedom, which is responsible for monitoring international religious freedom and publishing an annual report. The office is under the U.S. Department of State.
“I am honored to serve such an important cause,” Brownback wrote on Twitter. “Religious freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul.”
In the new role, his mission will be to monitor “religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.”
Religious freedom and life issues often are closely connected, and pro-life advocates saw erosion of these freedoms under pro-abortion President Barack Obama. Having a pro-life leader in this top-level policy role is good news for unborn babies and those most threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Brownback has a long, consistent pro-life record as a politician.
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Under Brownback’s leadership, Kansas recently was named the second most pro-life state in the nation by Americans United for Life. During a pro-life rally in January, Brownback embraced the title with pride and vowed that Kansans would continue to work hard to protect all human lives from abortion.
“Kansas is the leading pro-life state in America, and we will stay that way,” Brownback said.
Two years ago, Brownback signed an important law banning brutal dismemberment abortions that tear unborn babies limb from limb. The law was the first of its kind in the nation. Since then, several other states have followed Kansas’s lead and passed dismemberment abortion bans.
He also signed a bill to defund the abortion business Planned Parenthood in Kansas during his first year as governor.
Earlier this year, Brownback sent a letter of encouragement to President Trump and the leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, urging them to “grasp the opportunity to proclaim and protect the dignity of life.” He asked them to defund the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and pass several other key pieces of pro-life legislation, including a dismemberment abortion ban.
Brownback also was a strong pro-life advocate when he served in the U.S. House and Senate.
Pending U.S. Senate confirmation, Brownback is expected to step down as governor. Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, who also is pro-life, would take his place.