Weekly Columns

Standing for Life

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Washington, January 25, 2017 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

Last week our country celebrated a joyous occasion as we witnessed the peaceful transfer of power and swearing-in of our new president and vice president. Unfortunately, on Sunday, we marked a somber anniversary. Sunday was the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, a court ruling on abortion that forever changed our country. A 2016 Gallup poll found that 46 percent, nearly half, of all Americans consider themselves pro-life, and I am proud to be one of them.

As an OBGYN, I delivered nearly 5,000 babies and spent my career in medicine caring for women. I wholeheartedly support women’s access to health care services, but abortions are not health care. As a health care provider, I have seen first-hand that life is a precious miracle, and have witnessed with my own eyes through the lens of an ultrasound that life begins at conception. I strongly support the sanctity of life, and will always speak up to defend the unborn.

That’s why, this week, I reaffirmed that commitment by cosponsoring and voting in support of H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This important legislation closes any loopholes that could allow Obamacare to cover abortion services while Congress works with President Trump to repeal it. Additionally, H.R. 7 would provide necessary protections for innocent life as well as protecting the conscience rights of thousands of health care professionals who choose not to provide abortion services. Most importantly, this legislation again codifies that no taxpayer dollars should ever be used to pay for abortions.

I also joined several of my colleagues in writing to President Trump and Vice President Pence to urge them to take several actions that will enhance the right to life, including the appointment of pro-life justices to the Supreme Court. I am excited to work with the Trump administration to advance our pro-life principles, and was glad to see President Trump moved quickly to sign an executive order to reinstate the “Mexico City policy”, which prohibits any non-governmental organization that receives federal funding from providing abortions or advocating for abortion laws abroad.

Each year, I am so proud of the commitment of the pro-life movement. Hundreds of thousands of advocates for life use their time and resources to travel to Washington every single year to March for Life and will do so again this week. The March for Life is the largest annual demonstration in Washington, D.C., and men, women and children from all walks of life come together to peacefully march for the rights of the unborn. My heart and appreciation is with everyone who marches and stands for life, and I wish all the marchers the best for this important mission on Friday.

President Trump and his administration aren’t wasting any time getting started on the agenda items he put forward over the last year and a half, including his strong commitment to life, and I’m excited for the opportunity to work with our new president to get our country back on track.

Feel free to contact my office if I can be of assistance to you or your family.
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