Abortion activists praised Samantha Power, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development, as a â€œsteadfast voice for human rightsâ€� on Wednesday.
Biden’s transition teamÂ announcedÂ Power as his choice for USAID administrator this week. She is one of a growing list of pro-abortion leaders slated to fill the new presidential administration.
In the position, Power will assist Biden in restoring taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood and other global abortion advocacy groups â€“Â funds that President Donald Trump cut through his Protecting Life policy.
Power previously worked in President Barack Obama’s administration as a representative to the United Nations. Before that, she served on the National Security Council where she advised Obama and Biden on â€œwomen’s rights,â€� which, to Democrat leaders, includes abortion on demand.
This week, Planned Parenthood Global and Biden both praised her as a â€œhuman rightsâ€� advocate even though she supports their efforts to destroy human rights for unborn babies.
â€œSamantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity â€” challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people,â€� Biden said in a statement. She will â€œfight for the value of every human being,â€� his transition team added.
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Planned Parenthood GlobalÂ also praised Power in a tweet: â€œAs a steadfast voice for human rights, Amb @SamanthaJPower has the experience and the opportunity to advance sexual and reproductive healths [sic] and rights for people around the world as USAID Administrator.â€�
It urged her to â€œprioritize the needs of women and families bearing the brunt of the pandemic.â€� For Planned Parenthood, that means more abortions.
Under the Trump administration, funds through USAIDÂ prioritized real health care for women and girls and human rights for all human beings, including those not yet born.
It did so through Trump’s expanded Mexico City policy, which prohibits international aid funds to groups that promote and/or perform abortions. The policyÂ defunded Planned Parenthoodâ€™s international arm of about $100 millionÂ and the British abortion chainÂ Marie Stopes International of about $73 millionÂ in U.S. tax dollars.
The pro-life policy did not reduce access to healthcare.Â A USAID review earlier this yearÂ found that the U.S. has maintained global health assistance to 98 percent of the overseas healthcare organizations that received funding prior to the policyâ€™s implementation.
However, Biden has promised to reverse that policy and restore funding to the British abortion chain as well as Planned Parenthood, which does more than 345,000 abortions each year in the U.S. alone.
The pro-abortion leaders slated to fill Biden’s administration also include:
U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of CaliforniaÂ as vice president
Boston Mayor Marty WalshÂ as secretary of labor
Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoÂ as commerce secretary
California Attorney General Xavier BecerraÂ as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
New Mexico Congresswoman Deb HaalandÂ as secretary of the interior
Former Obama and Clinton administration leader Ronald KlainÂ as chief of staff