Our nation was founded upon conservative, Christian values. Among these values are the traditional definition of marriage and the sanctity of human life.
In 2004, Congress introduced the Marriage Protection Amendment to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. Twice, I have voted for the amendment in order to protect marriage as it has been defined since the origins of our country--as the legal and social union between a man and a woman--a definition which has proven to be one of the cornerstones of our nation's success.
I believe that unborn fetuses are human beings and because I value human life, I have voted to ban partial-birth abortion, to make it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime, and to restrict the transportation of minors across state lines for the purpose of getting an abortion. My concern for the value of human life also led me to vote against allowing stem cell research on human embryos.
It is crucial that we preserve the family values on which America was founded. They are the basis for who we are as Americans.