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[VIDEO] https://youtu.be/36-1pwYfSEg Azar on Supreme Court ruling 3:40 – 4:50
Thank you to Janet McConnell for this great gem. To date, the administration of President Donald Trump has taken significant action on issues of concern to social conservatives -- life, family, and religious liberty. This year alone, President Trump and his administration has made a concerted effort to protect our health, human life and dignity, and religious freedoms.
1-16-20 - Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar hosted 34 countries for a meeting on how to promote women's health and protect the lives of the unborn. This meeting followed an invitation sent by Secretary Azar and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to 70 different countries inviting them to join a coalition to oppose international efforts to enshrine abortion as a human right.
[VIDEO] https://youtu.be/EQljGO3wPdY Guidance on Constitutional Prayer :59- 2:40
1-16-20 - the Departments of Education and Justice issued guidance on constitutionally protected prayer and religious expression in public elementary and secondary schools. This guidance ensures that prayer in schools is properly protected and not unconstitutionally prohibited or curtailed.
1-16-20, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent a memo to the heads of executive departments and agencies providing guidance on Executive Order 1379 8 "Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty." In order to protect the ability of religious organizations to operate in the public square.
1-17-20 - nine federal agencies (the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Justice, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development, along with the U.S. Agency for International Development) proposed rules leveling the playing field for faith-based organizations wishing to participate in grant programs or become a contractor. The rules eliminated two requirements placed on faith-based organizations that were not placed on secular organizations.
1-22-20 - the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at Health & Human Services approved a family planning waiver for Texas to implement a state-run Medicaid program that excludes abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. This makes Texas the first state to receive Medicaid funding for a family planning program that does not include abortion providers.
[VIDEO] https://youtu.be/Qnegy9fgARA March for Life
1-24-20 - President Trump became the first sitting president to give remarks in person at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. In his address he stated the eternal truth that every child is a sacred gift from God and reiterated his effort to defend the dignity and sanctity of every human life.
1-24-20 - Health & Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced live at Family Research Council's Pro-Life-Con event that HHS issued a notice of violation to California for violating the federal Weldon Amendment by mandating all health insurers provide coverage for abortion. California's abortion coverage mandate has deprived over 28,000 residents of plans that do not cover abortion. This marks the second time that HHS has issued a notice of violation to California for violating federal conscience laws and is the fourth enforcement action taken by the HHS OCR's Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.
February 2020 - the Trump administration filled the role of Special Adviser to the President on International Religious Freedom within the National Security Council. This role was authorized by the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 but has remained unfilled for over 20 years since that law's enactment. President Trump is the first president to dedicate a full-time staffer to this role and fill it on a permanent basis.
2-4-20 - during his State of the Union address, President Trump called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban late-term abortions.
[VIDEO] https://youtu.be/7yJYdeRkcpA DOJ is monitoring government restriction on religious services
2-5-20 - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched the International Religious Freedom Alliance. The Alliance will unite government leaders from like-minded nations to strategize ways to promote religious freedom and protect religious minorities around the world.
2-25-20 - OMB issued a Statement of Administrative Policy strongly supporting two pro-life bills being voted on in the U.S. Senate. Had Congress passed these bills, the president's advisors would have recommended that he sign both into law.
3-24-20 - DOJ filed a statement of interest in a case protecting women against men intruding on their sporting competitions.
3-28-20 - Human Health Services issued a strong statement reminding health care entities of their obligation to treat persons with disabilities with the same dignity and worth as everyone else and to remove discriminatory practices from their pandemic health plans.
4-2-20 - U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback called upon China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia to release their prisoners of conscience considering the contagious coronavirus. Many of these prisoners were imprisoned for their religious faith.
4-3-20 - the Small Business Administration issued a FAQ document confirming that churches and religious nonprofits are eligible for assistance like the Paycheck Protection Program in the coronavirus relief legislation known as the CARES Act. In addition, the administration used an affiliation rule to ensure that large abortion providers like Planned Parenthood would not be eligible for coronavirus relief in the CARES Act.
4-14-20 - DOJ filed a statement of interest protecting the religious liberty of churchgoers in Greenville, Mississippi. During the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Greenville banned all religious services, even those that were able to abide by social distancing standards with drive-in church services.
4-17-20 - the Department of Homeland Security included "clergy for essential support" in its list of personnel and entities deemed "essential" for purposes of responding to the coronavirus.
4-27-20 - Attorney General William Barr directed federal prosecutors to monitor and, if necessary, take action to correct state and local policies that discriminate against religious institutions and believers while battling the coronavirus pandemic.
5-3-20 -DOJ filed a statement of interest supporting the religious freedom of Lighthouse Fellowship Church in Chincoteague Island, Virginia. Protecting the church from a criminal citation and summons issued against the pastor pursuant to Governor Ralph Northam's extreme executive order.
5-12-20, the Trump administration has overseen the confirmation of 193 federal judges, including two Supreme Court justices and 51 federal appeals court judges. President Trump has confirmed 200 judges so far during his time in office. As judges, these nominees will rule correctly on religious liberty and pro-life issues.
5-15-20 -the DOL issued guidance implementing the administration's Religious Liberty Executive Order which directed all grant-administering agencies to detail how they will protect religious liberty in the context of such grants and specific action of steps to ensure that religious liberty is protected.
5-18-20 - USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa noted that abortion is not an "essential service," and there are many actual health needs at this time. Therefore, the United States, which stands with the international pro-life community under the Trump administration, does not look kindly on these efforts to promote abortion.
[VIDEO] https://youtu.be/UFxbRDtu3oQ Religious Freedom
6-2-20 - President Trump signed an Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom, which recognized the promotion of international religious freedom as a moral and national security imperative for the United States.
6-12-20 - Health & Human Services finalized its regulation that clarifies the section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to make clear that the federal government will not force physicians to participate in gender reassignment surgeries or abortions.
6-19-20-the DOJ filed a statement of interest defending the constitutionality of Idaho's The Fairness in Women's Sports Act. Ensuring only biologically female athletes are permitted to compete in female sports.
6-24-20 - President Trump issued an executive order to strengthen America's foster care and adoption system. Among other things, this action see