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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Staunch pro-lifers, Tom Price and Jeff Sessions, have been confirmed to be part of President Donald Trump's cabinet.
Price, Trump's pick for U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, was voted in by the Republican senate majority early in the morning on February 10.
He was an orthopedic surgeon for 20 years before serving six consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. As head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, he will oversee the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Medicare and Medicaid.
Price is endorsed and has a 100 percent rating by the National Right to Life Committee and has opposed the federal funding of abortion and Planned Parenthood. In 2007, he voted for the Right to Life Act declaring that unborn children are human beings and entitled to protection under the 14th Amendment.
Price has also been a vocal proponent of other legislation affecting families, voting for a constitutional amendment declaring marriage as only being between one man and one woman.
He has also been at the forefront of the culture battle in the United States, especially the LGBT agenda promoted by the Obama administration, calling it a "vile liberal agenda that is threatening everything we hold dear as Americans."
Jeff Sessions — now the 84th U.S. Attorney General — is considered one of the most conservative U.S. Senators, calling Roe v. Wade "one of the worst, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time."
As a senator, he advocated for the use of the term "child" in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to include unborn children — a measure that ultimately failed. He also promoted the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, prohibiting minors from obtaining abortions out of state in order to circumvent parental permission laws and pushed for "vigorous enforcement" for adults illegally transporting minors across state borders.
At senate confirmation hearings on January 10, Democrat senator Dianne Feinstein asked Sessions if he would enforce the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding abortion despite personally opposing it. He answered, "It is the law of the land, it has been settled for some time. I will respect it and follow it."
Regarding same-sex so-called marriage, Sessions noted, "The majority of the Court has established the definition of marriage for the entire United States of America, and I will follow that decision." In the past, however, he has opposed gay marriage and been critical of open homosexuality in the military, voting in 2010 to prevent open homosexuals from serving in the military.
After Sessions was voted in 52-47 on February 8, Democrat New York Senator Charles Schumer remarked, "When Jeff Sessions was passed, it turned my stomach."
He castigated Sessions, calling him "the most anti-immigrant senator of the hundred, on civil rights and voting rights he's probably one of the top three or four against these sacred rights, civil rights, and voting rights." Schumer added, "he doesn't belong there and I think a lot of Republicans know it."
As the Alabama attorney general and Republican junior senator, he helped Trump throughout his campaign, counseling him on whom to pick for vice president — himself being considered for the position.