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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:

Efforts to Fight Planned Parenthood’s Abortion Business

The Facts About Planned Parenthood and Abortion

 While Planned Parenthood champions its 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, in the 113th 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.

Efforts to Defund Planned Parenthood

 Hardworking American taxpayers should not be forced to have their tax dollars support Planned Parenthood’s abortion business.  That is why I have voted and repeatedly urged 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.

Pro-Life Legislation:

This 115th Congress, I have supported the following pro-life bills:

  • H.R. 7: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act
    This bill prohibits federal funds to be used for abortions or health coverage that includes coverage of abortion, with exception for cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is in danger.  This bill passed the House in January 2017. 
  • H.R. 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
    This bill prohibits late-term abortions after 20 weeks, based on recent evidence that proves babies can feel pain at 20 weeks post-fertilization. This passed the House in October 2017.
  • H.R. 37: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
    This bill protects children who are born alive during or after an abortion. 
  • H.R. 147: The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act
    This bill prevents abortion based on the gender or race of the child. 
  • H.R. 354, the Defund Planned Parenthood Act
    This bill would defund Planned Parenthood and shift the funds to other health centers for women’s health.
  • H.R. 490: Heart Beat Protection Act
    This bill would require physicians to seek a heartbeat before performing an abortion and would protect any child who has a detectible heartbeat from abortion.
  • H.R. 644: Conscience Protection Act
    This bill would prevent governments (federal, state, and local) from penalizing or discriminating against physicians who refuse to perform abortions.
  • H.R. 681: Life Act Conception Act
    This bill defines life as starting at conception. 
  • H. J. Res. 43
    This resolution would roll back Obama-era regulations requiring state and local governments receiving federal funds related to reproductive issues to provide those funds to organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which offer abortion services. This legislation was signed into law by President Trump on April 13, 2017. 
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