Right to Life
As a Christian, father, and grandfather, I believe in the sanctity of human life. And as a Constitutional conservative, it is a priority of mine to protect our unalienable Rights that our Founding Fathers established in the Declaration of Independence and protected under our Constitution. Our nation was founded upon the belief that all men, regardless of status, are entitled to the most precious Right to Life. We cannot allow this fundamental value to erode. Human life begins at conception. That is why I am dedicated to protecting the sanctity of human life and opposing any and all efforts to federally fund abortion.
To learn more about my Pro-Life efforts, click on a topic below to jump down to that portion of the page:
While Planned Parenthood champions their organization as a key provider of pregnancy-related services, this could not be further from the truth. Based on its own 2013 Annual Report, Planned Parenthood admitted that over 94 percent of all “pregnancy-related” services by the organization were for abortions. In total, Planned Parenthood performs one abortion about every two minutes. That’s 327, 653 total lives lost in just 2013!
In addition to these facts, I have also called on federal investigations of the organization. For instance, last Congress (2013-2014), I joined 70 other House and Senate Members in calling on the Government Accountability Office to investigate if taxpayer funds were given to organizations that provide abortions. To my dismay, we learned on March 25, 2015, that six organizations that perform abortions received $344.5 million in federal funds as well as $1.2 billion from Medicaid. This comes to a combined total of $1.5 billion over three years to these programs! And the largest recipient of the federal funding? Planned Parenthood, which receives over $500 million a year in federal funding.
In 2015 the Center for Medical Progress released a series of videos exposing the fact that Planned Parenthood has been selling the body parts and organs of aborted babies – many times without the express knowledge and consent of the mothers. What’s worse is that these videos show Planned Parenthood is likely profiting from this trafficking.
These videos have proven what I and many Americans have long thought – that Planned Parenthood is deceptive, engages in illegal activities, and must be completely defunded. That is why I am working hard to put a STOP not only to this vile trafficking, but to stop Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. I also fully support the efforts of the House Republicans currently investigating this issue.
Hardworking American taxpayers should not be forced to have their tax dollars support Planned Parenthood’s abortion business. That is why – even before these trafficking videos were released – I signed onto a letter urging the House Appropriations Committee to deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood. I have also continually sponsored legislation that protects the lives of our unborn. For a more comprehensive list of my efforts this Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and protect Life, please check out the section below.
This Congress, I have supported these pro-life bills: