No Funding for USCCB Anti-Trafficking Services
Steve Wagner, president of the Renewal Forum and former HHS official, and Kim Daniels, religious-liberty attorney and coordinator of Catholic Voices USA, submitted a well written op-ed to the New York Daily News on human trafficking. They write about how the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services no longer receives funding from the Obama administration because the program does not provide abortion-related services. I would like to share this op-ed with you.
Here is an excerpt from the op-ed:
For years, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ well-regarded office of Migration and Refugee Services has helped lead the charge against human trafficking. The global reach of the Catholic Church makes MRS well positioned to serve victims of this international affliction. Through its top-rated Anti-Trafficking Services Program, MRS has helped human-trafficking victims from some 64 countries, providing immediate assistance wherever they’re suffering.
Yet the administration placed abortion politics ahead of this important work. In May 2011, the federal Department of Health and Human Services decided its human trafficking grant-making process would prioritize those who would provide “family planning services and the full range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care.”
Translation: Unless you offer abortion and contraception, you’re not welcome. Meaning the Catholic service provider — whose model program has received some $15 million in federal funds since 2006 — did not receive any of the $4.5 million in HHS funding for trafficking victims this year.