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Life is precious but too often taken for granted.

We should always respect those facing difficult and heartbreaking decisions due to rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother.  This includes providing practical alternatives for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.

My firm belief is that our government has a sacred duty to protect life, including the unborn.  This is why I serve on the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus and the Congressional Prayer Caucus.

In 2017, I supported several legislative initiatives to protect the Right to Life:

  • The American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May, would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and specifies that tax credits cannot be used for insurance plans that cover elective abortion-related procedures.
  • Co-sponsored the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) which would ban most abortions after 20 weeks.
  • First Member of Congress from North Carolina to co-sponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 586), which declares that life begins at conception.
  • Co-sponsored and helped pass legislation giving states freedom to redirect federal Title X funding away from Planned Parenthood and toward the much-larger network of community health centers.
  • Co-sponsored and helped pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7) which makes the Hyde Amendment government-wide policy and ensures future federal programs comply with the Hyde Amendment.

In January 2017, as pro-life supporters came to Washington, I sent a letter to President Trump outlining shared pro-life priorities for Congress and the Administration:

  1. Nominating pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court
  2. Enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
  3. Ending taxpayer funding of the abortion industry
  4. Making the Hyde Amendment permanent and government-wide law

My letter was co-led by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Chairman Diane Black (TN-06) and was co-signed by nearly 150 additional Members of Congress.

As healthcare reform legislation was debated on Capitol Hill in March, I joined with fellow leaders of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus for a White House meeting with Vice President Mike Pence to review legislative procedures to preserve pro-life provisions in the American Health Care Act.  In June, I met with House Speaker Paul Ryan to discuss the importance of keeping pro-life protections in the final version of healthcare reform.

My commitment is to support legislation which protects the right to life, provides an appropriate safety net for those in need, and upholds every American’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Click here to read a letter Congressman Pittenger wrote to President Trump concerning Pro-Life issues which was co-signed by over 140 Members of Congress.

Click here to read letters of support for Congressman Pittenger from Pro-Life leaders supporting Congressman Pittenger and his support for life.

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