Catholics and pro-life advocates celebrated the confirmation of Callista Gingrich as the new United States ambassador to the Vatican on Monday.
CNN reports the Senate confirmed Gingrich, a pro-life advocate and committed Catholic, on Monday in a 70-23 vote. President Donald Trump nominated her for the position in May.
The wife of former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Callista Gingrich will represent the Trump administration and the country as a whole in her new role as ambassador.
“Mrs. Gingrich is pro-life and conservative, articulate and savvy — her pro-life convictions insure the pro-life polices of the Trump administration will be the message conveyed to the Vatican by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See,” Deal W. Hudson wrote at The Washington Times.
The Daily Caller reports Gingrich is a committed, life-long Catholic who led her husband to the faith. She has written several children’s books and produced a number of Catholic films about Pope John Paul II. Importantly, she believes that all human beings deserve a right to life, from the moment of conception to natural death.
Patrick J. Walsh at The DC described Gingrich as a “splendid choice” because of her pro-life beliefs and knowledge of American history and international politics.
“Callista Gingrich is not only a believer, but is an exemplary Roman Catholic propagating and defending the faith to an unbelieving world …” Walsh wrote.
Her appointment is another confirmation that Trump is following through on his promises to the pro-life movement. Since being elected, he has nominated a number of pro-life leaders to his administration, including Teresa Manning and Charmaine Yoest, both of whom previously worked for prominent pro-life groups.
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These appointees are helping to shape new, life-affirming policies in the federal government. For example, the newly proposed Department of Health and Human Services strategic plan states that the government will serve Americans at “every stage of life, beginning at conception.”
Earlier this year, the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement also issued a new policy requiring that taxpayer-funded shelters for immigrants and refugees offer life-affirming support to women and girls who are pregnant, according to Slate.
Director Scott Lloyd, a Trump nominee, said the shelters “should not be supporting abortion services … only pregnancy services and life-affirming options counseling.”
Over the summer, the Trump administration also cut several million dollars in taxpayer-funded sex education grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. It also cut several more million dollars in taxpayer-funded grants to the abortion chain for helping people sign up for Obamacare.