Life
Eliminate Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Here and Abroad. There is long-standing, broad consensus that federal taxpayer funds should not be used for abortions or for health insurance that includes abortion coverage. I want to close the patchwork of federal prohibitions on abortion funding by making policies like the Hyde Amendment permanent across federal law. Lawmakers should likewise end the uncertainty over the Mexico City Policy executive order (now referred to as the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance plan), which prohibits federal aid to international organizations that perform or promote abortions overseas. Because that policy has been susceptible to each Administration's changing favor, Congress should enact permanent prohibitions on taxpayer funding of international abortion activity.

Pass Pro-Life Legislation at the Federal Level.
Congress should pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect women and unborn children from gruesome late-term abortions performed after 20 weeks. At the state level, over a dozen states across the country have enacted 20-week bills, and Congress is overdue to pass the bill at the federal level. Additionally, Congress should pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Treating a baby who is born alive after a failed abortion with the same care that any other newborn baby would receive should not be a matter of controversy. Congress should also pass the Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act, which prohibits an abortionist from dismembering a living unborn child in utero and extracting the baby's body parts one piece at a time.

Stop Obamacare's Expansion of Funding for Abortion Coverage.
Obamacare made federal tax subsidies available for health care plans and contained other policies that resulted in greater taxpayer funding of abortion. In addition, Obamacare required almost all employers, including many religious nonprofits, to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization regardless of any religious or moral objections. Congress should repeal these policies and enact health care reforms that protect life and conscience and do not subsidize abortion or abortion providers. I support enacting permanent protections for the rights of individuals, religious organizations, and family businesses to keep them from being forced to enroll in or pay for coverage of life-ending drugs and devices.

Protect Conscience Rights of Doctors, Nurses, and Other Medical Practitioners.
Pro-life medical professionals have only limited protection to practice medicine according to their religious principles. I support protections for the conscience rights of health care providers, insurers, and medical personnel who decline to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or make referrals for abortions.


Facts and Figures

FACT: Legalized abortion on demand has had a devastating impact on mothers, fathers, and their unborn babies. We should respect innocent human life from conception to natural death.
*        Since the Supreme Court's decisions legalizing abortion on demand in 1973, more than 59 million humans have lost their lives to abortion. Today, nearly 1 million abortions occur in the U.S. every year.
*        A strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortion, including over 60 percent of women who generally oppose abortion after 20 weeks, when a baby can feel pain and a mother is at increased risk of abortion's harmful side effects.
*        In the 2015-2016 reporting year, Planned Parenthood performed more than 328,000 abortions while receiving over half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding. As the largest abortion provider in the nation, the group was responsible for almost 1 million abortions in its past three reporting years alone.
36th District of California
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