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Issue Position: Abortion

Issue Position


The right to life is sacred and undeniable. It is the proper role of government to protect life, and it is unconscionable for government to sanction the taking of helpless and innocent life.

I believe that no government funds should be used to pay for abortion. Despite several existing prohibitions, some organizations that perform abortions still receive federal funding. I have cosponsored several pieces of legislation to end this practice, including:

* H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which prohibits the use of federal funds for abortions or abortion coverage. The House passed this bill by a vote of 251 to 175 on May 4, 2011.

* H.R. 217, the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, which prohibits the use of all funds distributed through Title X of the Public Health Service Act to support any entity, including Planned Parenthood, that performs or funds abortions.

* H.R. 358, the Protect Life Act, which amends the health care legislation enacted in the 111th Congress to prohibit the use of federal funds to cover any part of the costs of any health care plan that includes coverage of abortion services.

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