Media Out to Smear Pro-Lifer Who Tried to Protect Immigrant Minor, Unborn Child

By Billy Valentine and Chuck Donovan | October 30, 2017 | 11:15am EDT
Head of the Office of Refugee Resettlement Scott Lloyd (EWTN YouTube Screenshot)

The radical pro-abortion lobby and its allies in the media are out to vilify and destroy Scott Lloyd.

The New York Times calls him an “anti-abortion crusader.” A Washington Post columnist calls him an “anti-abortion zealot.”

Meanwhile, in its news section, the Post underscores that Lloyd, who serves in the Trump administration as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, has six children. The National Abortion Rights Action League calls him “misogynistic.”

So, who is Lloyd and why is he so rotten?

Prior to serving in the Trump administration, Lloyd worked as an attorney for the Knights of Columbus, where he helped lead the fight for ethnic and religious minorities victimized by ISIS.

Lloyd also did pro-life public policy work, as the Knights are deeply committed to protecting the unborn and their mothers.

Given this background, Lloyd was an excellent pick to head up the Office of Refugee Resettlement, where he recently tried to protect two vulnerable people: “Jane Doe,” an underage immigrant who was caught crossing the border illegally, and her unborn child, whom even an American Civil Liberties Union legal motion referred to as a “baby.”

Doe was immediately apprehended crossing the border, and placed at a shelter in Texas operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

In these cases, the government tries to find a sponsor, usually a family member, who can care for mother and child while their immigration cases are pending. Until a sponsor is found, it is the government’s job to protect and provide for them.

In the case of Doe, she had no family and friends in the U.S., complicating efforts to find her a sponsor. Meanwhile, she said she wanted an abortion.

Recognizing that she is a pregnant minor, far away from friends and family, the Office of Refugee Resettlement sought to provide Jane and baby Doe with compassionate care—not abortion.

In doing so, Lloyd and his team were carrying out administration policy while simultaneously giving the teenage girl and the unborn child excellent care.

The ACLU took the matter to court, and eventually the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the government to allow Doe to get an abortion. Baby Doe was aborted at over 15 weeks.

At this point in pregnancy, the website BabyCenter tells us that the unborn child can move all her joints and limbs, and that although her eyelids are still fused shut, she can sense light.

She is also forming taste buds, and now ultrasound can discern the baby’s sex.

Now, only the abortionist will know the baby’s sex, if he even bothered to look. Baby Doe’s eyelids will never open—either on American soil or in her mother’s homeland (which is not named in court filings, but is clearly a country where elective abortions are illegal).

And the life of this young girl will never be the same.

Lloyd should be applauded for his work, and instead he’s being demonized and personally attacked. He cared for this young girl and her child, carrying out the policies of a pro-life administration.

The ugliness is obvious, the pro-abortion lobby and its allies in the media are warning personnel across the administration: Carry out pro-life policies and we will assail you, your family, and your religious heritage. We’ll print the name of your wife, the number of children you have, and your religion.

How easily these forces ignore recent history. Under the Obama administration, Health and Human Services officials tried to force nuns to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization.

They bullied states into funding Planned Parenthood. They welcomed illegal immigrants but routinely helped to abort their children.

Yet we cannot recall a single instance where major media demonized any political appointee carrying out administration policy.

The early end of the life of baby Doe is a blot on our nation and a mark against the claims of certain groups that they “welcome the stranger.”

That is sad enough, but to turn this profound debate about the width of America’s golden door into a smear of someone like Lloyd is worse than a blot—it is a disgrace.

Billy Valentine is vice president of public policy for the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List, which has a network of more than 600,000 members nationwide.

Charles A. "Chuck" Donovan is president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research and education arm of Susan B. Anthony List. He was legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee more than three decades ago, worked as a writer for President Reagan, helped lead the Family Research Council for nearly two decades, and most recently was a senior research fellow in religion and civil society at The Heritage Foundation.

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by The Daily Signal.

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