Who is Sam Brownback?
So many senators opposed Sam Brownback’s nomination that Mike Pence had to come down to the Capitol to cast the tie-breaking vote. Now, Brownback is the nation’s leader in promoting religious freedom worldwide. Brownback has a track record of citing religion to discriminate against LGBTQ people, ban abortion, attack birth control access, and keep reproductive health information away from young people.
As U.S. senator and governor of Kansas, Brownback voted to ban abortion at 21 weeks, make it impossible to get an abortion on military bases, and block important grants from abortion providers. He also approved efforts to “defund” Planned Parenthood health centers.Governing Magazine
Brownback voted repeatedly for the harmful global gag rule, which denies lifesaving health care to women in developing countries. He also voted against the UN Population Fund (UNFPA)’s lifesaving work, which promotes reproductive health in over 150 countries and responds to humanitarian crises.Planned Parenthood
A staunch supporter of abstinence in the U.S. and around the world, Brownback voted against the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPPP) — an evidence-based education program proven to increase safer sex and help young people prevent unintended pregnancy. Undermining TPPP disproportionately harms sexual violence survivors, LGBTQ teens, youth of color, rural communities and others who face barriers to care.On the Issues
We talk about abortion… Will that make the woman in a better situation if that’s what takes place? I don’t think so.”
2007 Republican Primary Debate
Under the guise of "religious freedom," Brownback signed an order letting organizations refuse services to same-sex couples and LGBTQ groups. Among other things, it means a foster care agency could refuse to place children with their gay family members.NBC News
Brownback signed state legislation that lets university groups receive funds if they exclude LGBTQ students from membership, as long as they say it’s based on religious convictions.Center for American Progress
Office of International Religious Freedom at the U.S. State Department
The Office of International Religious Freedom recommends and implements policies designed to promote religious freedom and combat religious persecution and discrimination worldwide. The Office and U.S. Ambassador-at-Large are tasked with promoting religious freedom as part of a broader human rights framework under the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.