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Laws Should Be Consistent With Our Science & the Government Should Protect the Innocent

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Washington, November 18, 2009 | comments
One of the more disturbing aspects of the health care reform overhaul being pushed right now is its potential impact on the rights of the unborn. As an obstetrician and gynecologist who delivered almost 5,000 babies, I strongly support the sanctity of life. As the Representative of this district, I will fight against policies that I believe will promote abortion.

Unfortunately the President has consistently stated his preference for policies that promote abortion. I joined numerous pro-life colleagues in opposing the President’s actions to overturn the so-called conscience clause and the Mexico City policy.

Under H.R. 3962 – the health care legislation that passed through the House this month – virtually every individual will be required to have health care coverage that meets “minimum benefits standards” established by the administration. Those minimum benefits will include abortion unless Congress acts to explicitly exclude abortion from any government mandated coverage or taxpayer funded health plan. Historical experience with federal statutes demonstrates that if abortion is not explicitly excluded, administrative agencies and the courts will mandate it.

I strongly supported the Pitts/Stupak amendment because it would prevent the Democratic health reform bill from allowing taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortions. It is outrageous they trying to sneak abortion coverage into their health care bill that so clearly goes against what the majority of Americans want. While I still strongly opposed H.R. 3962 because it represents the first step towards government-run health care, I was pleased the House voted to prevent any taxpayer funding of abortions. It’s clear this language is supported by a strong majority of Congress, and it needs to be included in any health care legislation that is passed.

This week, the Examiner, a Washington publication reported the White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod saying the President would work with House and Senate Democratic Leadership to strip out the Pitts/Stupak amendment from any final version of the health care bill. Furthermore, Obama has admitted that he does not support the amendment, claiming it changes the “status quo.” But the bottom line is Americans do not want their tax dollars funding abortions, and it is morally wrong.

It’s our responsibility and privilege as legislators to protect those who do not have a voice. I will always fight for the right to life because it is my conviction that we are all unique creations of a God who knows us and loves us before we are even conceived. I also strongly believe organizations that provide abortions should not receive any taxpayer funding, which is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 614, the Title X Abortion Provider Nondiscrimination Act, which bars these organizations from receiving Title X family planning funds.

Furthermore, we must make our laws consistent with our science and restore full legal protections to all who are waiting to be born. If government has any legitimate function at all, it is to protect the most innocent among us, and I will do my best to defend that protection.

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