Press Release Mar 17, 2015

ERLC's Russell Moore comments on U.S. Senate’s decision to block anti-human trafficking bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2015The U. S. Senate blocked an anti-trafficking bill today over language to which Senate Democrats objected that would have prevented funds made available by the act from being used to pay for abortions.

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, commented on the blocking of this bill:

Stopping human trafficking is too important a priority to be held hostage by the abortion lobby's culture-warring. I urge the Senate to think about vulnerable women and children in peril, rather than about the political maneuvers of the abortion-industrial complex.

Two weeks ago, the bill had bipartisan support. Today, however, the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act fell five votes short in reaching the 60-vote threshold needed to advance the bill. All Democrats voted with the abortion lobby with the exception of Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

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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