The strength of our nation depends on the strength of our families and
communities. Families and communities that protect the innocence of children,
respect life, teach personal responsibility, and encourage decency help build a culture that honors the inherent dignity of every person, including the poor and the defenseless. Since coming to Congress, more and more is expected of government which can never adequately substitute for the smallest form of
community, the family.
The Right to Life: I am pro-life. I believe women deserve better than abortion, especially women who may feel coerced or believe they have no other choice. Life should be protected and respected from conception to natural death. Certainly we are big enough as a country, have resources enough, and we should care enough for those facing difficult situations. Our laws should reflect this fundamental principle of justice. I have sought to challenge this Administration on its use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion in health care and its export of abortion overseas.
Human Rights: In our Declaration of Independence, these words are enshired: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." We may not think of them often, but this most profound statement provides the operational principle for our country's success.
Many persons throughout the world are seeking to reorder their societies around this ideal that a just nation must ground itself in the dignity of each person, that power flows forth from that dignity, and government must be an instrument to preserve that dignity.
The assaults on the human person throughout the world that flow into my office are almost exhaustive: to the repression in China should one deviate from the collective notion, to the tribal land degradation in West Africa due to resource exploitation, to the misappropriation of freedom in our own country that won't allow a child to escape an impoverished school. America's operative principle--respect for the individual person--still calls upon our conscience as a people and sets a magnetic example for those in the world who seek their own good.