Jan 152015
 

In the 1973 case of Roe vs. Wade, our Supreme Court ruled it is a woman’s right to have an abortion until the time a fetus is viable. It defined viability as the ability of a fetus to live outside the womb. The Court said this usually occurs between 24 and 28 weeks after conception. Each year, nearly half of the 3 million American women who have unplanned or unwanted pregnancies choose to end these pregnancies by abortion. Between 1973 and 2008, nearly 50 million American fetuses were legally aborted. About 90% of these abortions were performed during the first trimester, or prior to the 13th week of gestation. The main reasons women give for having an abortion included their inability to afford a child (75%) and that having a baby would interfere with school or work (75%). Health problems were responsible for 12% of these decisions and about 1% of women who chose to end their pregnancy reported they were the survivors of a rape. Pro-life advocates want all abortions outlawed because Row vs. Wade does not take into account the welfare of the unborn. They claim life begins at conception and aborting a fetus is comparable to murdering a person. Pro-choice advocates claim life does not begin until very late in gestation, or even until birth. They do not believe abortion takes the life of a person. They say only a woman knows if she is a ready to become a parent and that abortion helps insure the birth of children who are wanted. Pro-life and pro-choice advocates also disagree as to whether a woman’s right to make this decision is protected by our Constitution. Studies have found the current rate of abortion is at its lowest level since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, a sign that contraception is now more effective than ever in preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Pending Legislation:

S.138 & H.R.447 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2013

H.R.3062 – To require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers

I oppose reforming current abortion policy and wish to defeat S.138 & H.R.447, H.R.3062

I support imposing criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly or unknowingly attempts to: perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex or gender of the child, use force or the threat of force to intentionally injure or intimidate any person for the purpose of coercing a sex-selection abortion, solicit or accept funds for the performance of such an abortion, or transport a woman into the United States or across a state line for the purpose of obtaining such an abortion, and wish to pass S.138 & H.R.447

I support requiring family planning service programs to provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers, and wish to pass H.R.3062

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Jan 152015
 

Pro-life advocates argue that fetuses are people from the moment of conception and have the same fundamental “right to life” before birth as humans have after birth. Many of these advocates want to give “personhood” rights to the unborn. They say that when these rights are given to a class of human beings, they are protected by a series of constitutional guarantees including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These rights would, of course, preclude the possibility of abortion. Pro-choice advocates claim fetuses are not people and that it is improper to award constitutional rights to a fetus.

Pending Legislation:

H.R.2764 – Sanctity of Life Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current Right to Life policy and wish to defeat H.R.2764

I support declaring that human life is deemed to exist from fertilization, without regard to race, sex, age, health, defect, or condition of dependency; and “person” includes all such human life; amending the federal judicial code to remove Supreme Court and district court jurisdiction to review cases arising out of any statute, ordinance, rule, regulation, or practice, or any act interpreting such a measure on the grounds that such measure: protects the rights of human persons between conception and birth; or prohibits, limits, or regulates the performance of abortions or the provision of public funds, facilities, personnel, or other assistance for abortions, and wish to pass H.R.2764

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Jan 152015
 

Sex education includes instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, anatomy, reproduction, sexual activity, disease, abstinence and birth control. Each year, more than 850,000 American girls ages 15-19 become pregnant, with 80% of these pregnancies unintended. Also each year, young people between 15 and 25 contract about 9 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases including herpes and HIV. Studies have shown that teens who receive comprehensive sex education are 50% less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who haven’t. Advocates claim comprehensive sex education combined with emergency contraception has been proven to greatly reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy. Studies also show that young Americans who pledge virginity and abstinence are just as likely as non-pledgers to contract STDs, and are also less likely to use contraception if they do become sexually active. Evaluations of sex education and STD prevention programs show they do not increase the rate of sexual initiation or lower the age at which youths initiate sex. These programs also do not increase the frequency of sex or the number of sex partners among sexually active youth. More than 90% of the parents of junior high and high school students surveyed believe it is important their children be taught abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention in school sex education programs.

Pending Legislation:

S.13 & H.R.718 – Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013

S.372 & H.R.725 – Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013

I oppose reforming current sex education policy and wish to defeat S.13 & H.R.718 and S.372 & H.R.725

I support awarding grants for qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents; requiring such education to meet certain criteria, including: being age-appropriate, medically accurate, and evidence-based; teaching the skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth; and teaching the benefits of refraining from nonmarital sexual activity, the advantage of reserving sexual activity for marriage, and the foundational components of a healthy relationship; giving priority to programs that serve youth ages 12 to 19 and that will promote the protective benefits of parent-child communication regarding healthy sexual decision making, and wish to pass S.13 & H.R.718

I support awarding competitive grants to institutions of higher education to enable such institutions to provide young people with comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on reducing HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy; training targeted faculty and staff in order to increase effective teaching of comprehensive sex education for elementary and secondary school students. Prohibiting federal funds provided under this Act from being used for health education programs that deliberately withhold life-saving information about HIV; are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective; promote gender stereotypes; are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth; or are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health. Also, amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to repeal a prohibition against the use of authorized funds to operate a program of contraceptive distribution in schools, and wish to pass S.372 & H.R.725

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