Press Release Apr 22, 2015

ERLC president Russell Moore commends U.S. Senate for passage of Human Trafficking Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2015Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, commended the U.S. Senate on breaking the political gridlock surrounding The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act. The Senate passed the bill today after more than a month of debate.

"I am thankful the Senate has acted on this important legislation, Moore said. Human trafficking is a modern day plague on our world. Its victims suffer indescribably at the hands of merciless lust and rapacious greed. Every instance of human trafficking, wherever it happens and whatever kind, is a violent repudiation of human dignity and a shame on our culture.

Debate between both sides of the Senate on the bill centered on whether funds designated for victims of human trafficking could be used for abortions. The deal achieved on Wednesday assures pro-life senators that no money appropriated for victims of trafficking will be used to fund abortions.

All lifeborn or unborn, poor or rich, male or femalematters infinitely to God, Moore said. Recognition of this fact is a mandatory feature of a humane nation. Congress sent the right message to victims of human trafficking today."

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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