Trump announced this morning former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, who serves currently as Director of Central Intelligence, will replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. Pompeo has a long record of supporting pro-life legislation and speaking out in favor of life and his nomination immediately earned the praise of pro-life advocates.
“This will be considered good news by pro-life and pro-family advocates since Pompeo has a lengthy record in support of a right to life,” said CFAM President Austine Ruse. “The reason this is important to pro-lifers is that the under the Democrats the U.S. became a font of radical social policy around the world and at the UN. The expectation is that Pompeo understands this and will put a stop to it.”
Ruse outlined Pompeo’s pro-life history during his tenure in the House of Representatives:
As a Congressman, Pompeo said he believed life begins at conception and ends at natural death. He co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act which said, “each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood…”
Pompeo co-sponsored the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act that called for the prohibition of federal funding to any group that performs abortions.
Pompeo co-sponsored a bill that would have included the unborn child in 14th amendment protections.
He voted to prohibit abortion information at school health centers. He voted to prohibit federal funding for Planned Parenthood and voted to defund the UN Population Fund.
Pompeo said, “As a Kansan, I hold a deep reverence for the sanctity of life, the solidarity of family, and the solemnity of marriage. I will continue the fight to uphold these fundamental ideals each and every day. I am, and always will be pro-life and will defend life from conception to natural death. I will continue to oppose any taxpayer funding for abortion.”
Another pro-life leader also expressed support for the nomination.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins told LifeNews: “President Trump has been an agent of change in Washington. It is hard to identify another federal agency that is in more need of change than the State Department, which has historically and consistently been at cross purposes with American values and principles. Mike Pompeo is a proven leader, and I am very confident that he will be the desperately needed agent of change at State.”
Pompeo was the member of the United States House of Representatives for Kansas’s 4th congressional district from 2011 to 2017.
From 1986 to 1991, Pompeo served in the U.S. Army as an Armor Branch cavalry officer. He served as a United States Cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the 4th Infantry Division in the Gulf War.
In 1994, Pompeo received a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.