Life begins at conception. We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Life is the first right we each have. To deprive someone of their life should only be done in extraordinary instances – commission of a crime for which they’ve received the ultimate punishment or the life of a mother being at stake.
In 2011, I was the Senate author of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which restricts abortions other than in the instances of the life of the mother being in danger after the infant passed 20 weeks in utero. In 2010, I was the principal Senate author of two significant pro-life bills in the 2010 legislative session to re-institute pro-life policies which were struck down by courts for being bundled together into a single piece of legislation. After a veto by Governor Henry, I successfully convinced my colleagues to override his veto.
I have never supported, nor will I ever support, public funding of abortions.
I have always supported the rights of parents to be as involved as possible in pregnancy decisions of a minor child.
Even in the face of criticism, I have always supported prenatal care of a child – even when the mother is violating the laws of our state and country. To me, the life of the innocent child is the more important issue.