As an attorney in private practice before his election to Congress, Dave worked extensively with parents and children in the foster care system. His experiences led him to become Congress' leading adoption and foster care proponent.
Congressman Camp has had adoption legislation signed into law by both Republican and Democrat presidents, including his Adoption and Safe Families Act, The Intercounty Adoption Act, Hope for Children Act and the Indian and Alaskan Native Foster Care and Adoption Services Amendment. Dave also recently led an adoption fact-finding trip to Guatemala in 2004 to streamline adoptions between the U.S. and Central America. Congressman Camp is a member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption and served as its chairman in 2005. He has also been inducted into the National Adoption Hall of Fame for his work uniting children with loving parents.
Congressman Camp defends an unborn baby's life at every stage. Dave believes the fundamental role of government is to protect the weak from the strong. That is why he is such a strong proponent of a baby's right to life and defending the defenseless.
Since 1973 when the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion, it is estimated that more than 40 million babies have been aborted in the U.S. The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys estimates that there are 30 to 40 couples waiting to adopt for every infant that is put up for adoption. That is one reason Dave strongly supports adoption as a life-giving alternative to abortion.
Dave has supported the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act that is now law. He voted to pass the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as the Connor and Laci Peterson Law, which makes it a crime to harm an unborn baby while committing another crime. Congressman Camp has also supported the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which makes it a federal crime to transport a minor across state lines for an abortion.
Congressman Camp also voted the Child Custody Protection Act requiring parental notification prior to an abortion except if there is a medical emergency or if the minor has already received an exception from a judge in her home state. Dave also supports the Parental Notification and Intervention Act. This bill makes it unlawful for any person to help a minor obtain an abortion without written notification from the parents, unless there is clear and convincing evidence of physical abuse.
Congressman Camp voted against the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which seeks to expand the number of fetal stem cell lines that are eligible for federally funded research. Stem cells offer hope for those suffering from debilitating diseases, but while Congressman Camp supports further research on adult stem cells and cord blood research. Congressman Camp does not support using federal tax dollars to further destroy human life and fetal stem cells, when other sources of stem cells offer equal promise. Congressman Camp has also supported the ban on human cloning, including for purposes of medical research.