Defending the Right to Life

As a father and a pastor, I believe we have a sacred duty to protect the lives of unborn children. It is our responsibility to be a voice for the voiceless and to ensure our laws safeguard society's most vulnerable.

Since I was first elected to Congress, I have fought tirelessly for policies that protect the unborn.

In the 116th Congress, I co-sponsored:

  • The Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which prohibits funding for Planned Parenthood for one year and reallocates that funding to community health centers.
  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions past 20 weeks post-conception, when an unborn baby is able to feel pain.
  • The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which permanently prohibits taxpayer funding for abortions by codifying the Hyde Amendment.

In the 115th Congress, I co-sponsored:

  • The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act makes the Hyde Amendment permanent, ensuring that taxpayer dollars cannot be used to fund abortion or to provide federal subsidies for health care plans that include abortion coverage.
  • The Sanctity of Human Life Act reaffirms our constitutional right to life, stating that each human life begins with fertilization, at which time that individual has all the legal privileges of personhood.
  • The Defund Planned Parenthood Act would prohibit federal funds from flowing to Planned Parenthood unless the organization certifies that it will not perform elective abortions or provide funds to other organizations to do so.
  • The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make abortion after 20 weeks illegal, which safeguards lives and prevents pain to unborn children. Our understanding of a child's development in the womb has increased substantially in recent decades, and this bill prohibits the abortion of unborn children who science tells us have developed enough to feel pain.
  • The Heartbeat Protection Act would criminalize abortions if the attending physician has failed to attempt to detect the baby’s heartbeat, has not informed the mother of the results of tests to detect a fetal heartbeat, or has disregarded a detectable heartbeat and disregards that finding in order to perform an abortion.
  • The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act would impose criminal penalties on anyone who performs or attempts to perform an abortion knowing that an individual is seeking the abortion based on the sex, gender, color, or race of the child or the race of a parent. The bill would also make it illegal to use force or the threat of force to coerce an individual to obtain an abortion based on those motives, to pay or be paid for the performance of such an abortion, or to transport a mother into the U.S. or across state lines to obtain such an abortion.
  • The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would require any health care practitioner who is present following an attempted abortion during which the child is born alive to give the same care to the child as the practitioner would give to a child born alive at that gestational age. It would also require practitioners to ensure that the child be admitted to a hospital.

As Senator, I will continue to champion pro-life legislation and advocate for the unborn.