U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senators Steve Daines (Mont.) and James Lankford (Okla.) led seven of their Republican colleagues in submitting a comment letter to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) condemning the Office of Refugee Resettlement’s (ORR) proposed “Unaccompanied Children Program Foundational Rule,” which blatantly violates prohibitions on the use of taxpayer funds to facilitate abortions on unaccompanied minors at the border.
“Instead of adhering to the law, responding to Congressional inquiry, heeding Congress’ warning, and treating unaccompanied minors with the dignity and respect they deserve as young mothers, HHS ORR has decided to codify these flagrant violations of the Hyde Amendment through the proposed rule,” the Senators wrote.
“Any final rule regarding the care of UACs should expressly respect state laws regarding the protection of unborn life, honor federal conscience and religious freedom protections, and ensure that no HHS policies prioritize abortion over the care of UACs or following the law,” the Senators continued.
Senators Roger Marshall (Kans.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), Mike Braun (Ind.), Rick Scott (Fl.), Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) joined Daines and Lankford in sending the letter.
Read the full letter HERE.