ADF commends HHS for life-affirming health funding reforms
“Americans’ tax dollars should never be used to fund abortion, shield child abusers, or force medical professionals to violate their convictions by referring for or participating in the end of human life. The Trump administration’s commonsense reforms shouldn’t be contentious even among those who disagree on the ethics of abortion. The Protect Life Rule simply ensures greater compliance with current federal and state laws, safeguards vulnerable and abused women and children, and helps protect freedom of conscience for health care workers. Unfortunately, the nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, has covered up the sexual abuse of young girls and has been investigated for waste, abuse, and potential fraud. Because of these failures, Planned Parenthood doesn’t deserve taxpayer dollars. These vital reforms are welcome steps towards greater government program integrity and the protection of every human life, no matter how vulnerable.”
Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, she works to protect life from conception to natural death and to defend the conscience rights of healthcare professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.