Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, a leading evangelical who served as a Donald Trump surrogate during the general election, is not happy with Trump’s choice of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as secretary of state. When Tillerson was CEO of Exxon, the energy company donated money to Planned Parenthood, an organization that performs more than 300,000 abortions per year in the United States.
“Trump calls Rex a ‘world class player and dealmaker,’ but if these are the kinds of deals Tillerson makes — sending dollars to an abortion business that’s just been referred for criminal prosecution and risking the well-being of young boys under his charge in an attempt to placate radical homosexual activists — then who knows what sort of ‘diplomacy’ he would champion at” the Department of State, Perkins wrote Tuesday.
After a 2015 undercover investigation exposed Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies to biotech companies, ExxonMobil defended its practice of funding Planned Parenthood in the following statement to the Daily Signal:
“ExxonMobil funding for Planned Parenthood organizations have been made through our employee/retiree matching gift and volunteer programs, which exist to support our employees and retirees in their personal philanthropic giving and community involvement. ExxonMobil’s giving through these programs is based entirely on employees and retirees’ support for these organizations and does not reflect ExxonMobil’s philanthropic priorities or support for community causes.”
That Tillerson’s company viewed the nation’s leading network of abortionists as just another charity will be troubling to pro-life voters. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. State Department has promoted abortion in foreign countries. Vice president Joe Biden even went so far as to describe China’s “one-child policy”–a policy that involves forced abortions and sterilizations–as understandable. “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family,” Biden said in 2011 remarks at Sichuan University.
Pro-life voters had been hoping for a secretary of state committed to promoting human rights abroad. “Now, after two terms of exporting radical social policy, Americans could finally see the light at the end of the Obama administration tunnel,” Tony Perkins wrote Tuesday. “To hear that Donald Trump may be appointing a man who not only led the charge to open the Boy Scouts to gay troop leaders but whose company directly gives to Planned Parenthood is upsetting at best.”
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