Senate Committee Approves Trump Nominee Pro-Life Gov. Sam Brownback as Religious Freedom Ambassador

National   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Jan 19, 2018   |   3:08PM   |   Washington, DC

Another pro-life nominee from President Donald Trump is moving forward.

Late Thursday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to approve the nomination of pro-life Governor Sam Brownback (R-Kansas) to be the Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, a job then-Senator Brownback was pivotal in creating in 1998 to address religious persecution and genocide around the world.

The Office of International Religious Freedom  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 after he was nominated. “Religious freedom is the first freedom. The choice of what you do with your own soul.”

After the vote, pro-life leaders thanked members of the panel for approving Brownback.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told LifeNews, “I commend the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for moving Governor Brownback’s nomination to the Senate floor. Now, it’s time for the full U.S. Senate to act on Governor Brownback’s confirmation, so that Americans can start giving the world’s persecuted new hope — first, that they aren’t alone, and secondly, that help is on the way.”

“From the very beginning of his administration, President Trump has been intentional about his desire to pick up the torch for religious liberty, first trying to secure it for Americans here at home through executive order and other directives. But with his nomination of Sam Brownback to Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, the administration has shown its sincerity on restoring the United States’ reputation as a voice for the voiceless,” Perkins continued.

In the new role, Brownback’s 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.”

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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.

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.