As a member of Congress, I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record and have consistently supported a ban on abortion with the exceptions of rape, incest, and endangerment to a mother’s life. I believe all persons share an essential human dignity, including unborn children. I have supported efforts in Congress to end partial-birth abortions, stop federally funded abortions, and prevent unethical research on embryos and the use of human cloning.
I have cosponsored numerous pieces of pro-life legislation including the Life at Conception Act, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, and the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act.
The current administration has gone to great lengths to end established pro-life policies, opening the door to taxpayer funding of abortion. Through the issuing of executive orders and the passage of the health care reform bill, taxpayer dollars can now be used to subsidize abortion coverage, overturning a long held policy of prohibiting tax dollars from being used to pay for elective abortions. I have fought against these policies and have consistently supported legislation that prevents the use of taxpayer funded abortion services.
As a nation, we have come a long way in protecting the unborn since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, but clearly we have a long way to go in this fight. I believe we should strive to create a culture of life as a country, and I will continue to fight hard in Congress to promote life in this nation.
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