Attorney Gualberto Garcia Jones, who represents the Vatican as an observer at the Organization of American States (OAS), praised Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Roy Moore as a “most reliable pro-life and pro-family advocate.” Writing at LifeSiteNews, Garcia Jones said that the Senate will gain a consistent advocate for the lives of unborn children if the former judge is elected in the special election on December 12 to fill the seat left behind by now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore promises to vote an end to federal subsidies for Planned Parenthood. Fellow Republicans are seeking to terminate tax exemptions for the abortion provider.

“Most importantly, he will have gotten to the US Senate without any help,” Garcia Jones wrote, “not from the left or right wing media, not from President Trump or the Never-Trumpers, and certainly not from the Republican Party establishment.”

For Garcia Jones, Moore appeals to the “backwater citizens” who Barack Obama said "cling to their guns or religion.”

“To the cosmopolitan and suburbanite right, whose luminaries are mostly based in New York City and Washington D.C., Roy Moore represents one of those religious zealots, the inconvenient type that ignorantly lacks the ‘prudence’ to keep God hidden from public life,” he wrote. He added, "The reality is that Judge Roy Moore is a man of the kind we have not seen in American politics for a very long time, perhaps since the Founding Fathers. A humble man, repeatedly willing to sacrifice his professional aspirations to uphold a great principle."

Defying Never-Trumpers

Garcia Jones noted that Moore's credentials help to “dismiss the popular narrative espoused by the likes of National Review’s Jonah Goldberg that Roy Moore is ‘nothing more than a bigoted, theocratic, and ignorant buffoon’ or as the main stream media sees him, a bigoted populist product of the era of Trump.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Garcia Jones wrote. “A brief survey of Judge Moore’s judicial opinions shows what a colossal mistake conservatives — whether they dwell in Manhattan, New York or Manhattan, Kansas — would be making who dismiss or attack Judge Moore.”

Democrat Doug Jones, who is running against Moore, shares Hillary Clinton’s view that unborn human beings have no constitutional rights until the day of their birth. Jones told MSNBC recently, however, that he is a “right-to-lifer” — once a baby is born. As for late-term, partial-birth abortion, Jones said he is “not in favor of anything that is going to infringe on a woman’s right and her freedom to choose.”

Garcia Jones said that Moore has used every opportunity “to be an advocate of the idea that life, family and religious liberty are firmly grounded," wrote Garcia Jones, "constitutional principles worth putting one’s personal reputation on the line.”

On his website, Moore states his position on defunding Planned Parenthood, the nation's biggest abortion provider: "I oppose abortion, same-sex marriage, civil unions, and all other threats to the traditional family order. Federal funding for Planned Parenthood or any form of abortion should be stopped." 

$500 million federal subsidy, plus tax exemptions

Planned Parenthood annually receives about $500 million in federal subsidies. It also contributes generously to Democrats running in gubernatorial, congressional, and senatorial races. In 2012, Planned Parenthood renovated its national headquarters using a $15 million municipal bond subsidized and backed by taxpayers. Federal taxpayers have also subsidized the construction of abortion clinics in Florida, Illinois, and Massachusetts through a special federal tax exemption on municipal bonds.

Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C., introduced the No Abortion Bonds Act on Wednesday, and has received support from dozens of Republicans. The bill would prohibit local governments from issuing bonds that are exempt from federal taxes to generate funds for building new abortion facilities. Pittenger noted this week that over the last 10 years, several states issued millions of dollars worth of tax-exempt bonds to finance the construction of Planned Parenthood abortuaries.

State and local governments can issue both tax-exempt bonds and non-tax-exempt bonds. The North Carolina Republican argeues that a tax exemption provides a direct benefit to the multi-million dollar benefit to Planned Parenthood as a less expensive loan for the group to pay back. Pittenger argues that the bonds serve as another federal subsidy to Planned Parenthood that is inconsistent with current federal law, which prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion services.

According to Pittenger's bill, bonds issued to construct an abortion facility could not be tax-exempt.



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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