As an obstetrician who has delivered nearly 5,000 babies, I strongly support the sanctity of life. As a member of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, I will always be a strong and constant voice for the right to life.
Life is a precious miracle from God that begins at conception. Advanced technology like the 3-D ultrasound shows unborn children as living, breathing, feeling human beings. We must make our laws consistent with our science and provide full legal protections to the unborn. We have a responsibility and privilege as legislators to defend those who do not have a voice. If government has any legitimate function at all, it is to protect the most innocent among us, and I will do my best to uphold that protection.
I am a proud cosponsor of and voted for H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which provides a cohesive framework for prohibiting government funding for abortion, when it passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242 to 179 on January 22, 2015. This legislation also closes any loopholes in the president’s health care law that provide funding for abortion or subsidies for health plans that include abortion coverage. H.R. 7 would provide the necessary protections for innocent life as well as protecting the conscience rights of thousands of health care professionals.
In addition, I am also a cosponsor and voted for H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortions from being performed on any unborn child twenty weeks or more into development, with exceptions for the mother’s safety and instances of rape or incest. This legislation passed the House of Representatives on May 13, 2015 by a vote of 242 to 184. I have seen firsthand that after twenty weeks of development, babies have fingers, toes and some even begin to hiccup. They have developed nerve centers for their senses, meaning they can hear, taste, smell, see, and most importantly feel.
In 2015, videos surfaced showing executives from Planned Parenthood discussing the gruesome practice of mutilating aborted babies and selling their body parts. These serious allegations are sickening. This is why I supported the forming of a special investigative panel to look into these allegations. This important committee is being led by Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn, and I look forward to seeing the results of their investigation.
Planned Parenthood receives about $500 million in government funds each year, and, while they claim none of these dollars directly support abortion services because it is prohibited by federal law, these tax dollars undoubtedly add to the bottom line of an organization whose main business is abortion.
I am an original cosponsor of H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which prohibits organizations that offer abortions, like Planned Parenthood, from receiving Title X family planning funds.
I also voted for H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act. Among its provisions, this bill would have prevented future funding from being spent at Planned Parenthood and instead directed the money to community health centers, who can provide effective care to women in need. While this bill passed the House, President Obama vetoed the legislation and the House was not able to override his veto.