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Defending Life

Guided by my faith, I am committed to protecting the most vulnerable among us. I believe we all have a moral responsibility to defend the right to life, which begins at conception.

I have co-sponsored the following bills that will strengthen protections for the unborn:

H.R. 243: Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Actto amend the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing federal family planning grants to entities that perform abortions or provide funds to entities that perform abortions.

H.R. 188: Women’s Public Health and Safety Act to amend Section 1902 of the Social Security Act to clarify that states have the ability to deny funding to abortion providers through state Medicaid programs.

H.R. 28: Protecting Life in Crisis Act to prohibit any funds that are authorized or appropriated for the purposes of preventing, preparing for, or responding to the COVID–19 pandemic, domestically and internationally, from going towards abortions or abortion coverage.

H.R. 18: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2021. If enacted, this legislation would make permanent the long-standing Hyde Amendment as well as similar provisions banning federal funding of abortion by ensuring that no federal dollars are used to pay for abortion and health plans that include abortion.

H.R. 619: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. If enacted, this legislation would ensure that babies born alive after failed abortions are given the same medical care as any other baby born prematurely at the same gestational age.

H.R. 606: No Abortion Bonds Act. This legislation would remove the tax-exempt status of any bond that goes to an abortion provider or abortion clinic. State and local governments may finance the construction of schools, roads, and hospitals with special bonds exempt from federal taxes, known as “municipal bonds.” While the Hyde Amendment prohibits the use of taxpayer funds for abortion or abortion-related services, a loophole exists in the tax code that has allowed municipal bonds to go toward the construction of abortion provider offices and clinics. This means that taxpayers are effectively subsidizing abortion providers and this legislation if enacted would end this policy.

H.R. 552: Second Chance at Life Act.This legislation if enacted would ensure that a woman seeking a chemical abortion is informed that it may be possible to reverse the intended effects of the abortion if the woman changes her mind.

H.R. 541: Defund Planned Parenthood Act. This legislation if enacted would provide for a moratorium on federal funding to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, preventing the organization from access to any federal mandatory or discretionary funds for a one-year period. Neither Planned Parenthood, its parent company, nor its affiliates or associated clinics would be able to apply for or be reimbursed federal dollars unless they certify that they will not perform, or support other entities that perform, abortion. The legislation also authorizes $235 million to be reallocated to the thousands of comprehensive community health centers which do not perform abortions.

H.R. 581: Ensuring Accurate and Complete Abortion Data Reporting Act.This legislation would require states to report abortion totals annually to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to receive targeted Medicaid family planning services funds. If enacted this would allow for accurate record-keeping regarding the number of lives lost to abortion and the number of children who survive abortion.

H.R. 1080: The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislative would protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.