As a life-long social conservative, I am a strong advocate for life and traditional family values.
The most basic component of our society is the family. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we protect the values that America was founded upon and have made our country great. I am a proud member of the Values Action Team because of my desire to protect family values.
- Pro-life: As a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will always stand up for the sanctity of life. I have cosponsored multiple pieces of pro-life legislation, including the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which makes abortion illegal for any child that can feel pain (generally accepted at 20 weeks); the Life at Conception Act, which protects every human being at the moment of conception; the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which ends federal funding for Planned Parenthood; and the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, which protects healthcare providers from discrimination if they refuse to participate in abortion-related services. There is no reason taxpayer dollars should be spent on services as morally reprehensible as abortion. I have introduced bills to institute a national 24-hour waiting period and mandatory ultrasounds before abortions. While I realize that these bills do not go far enough to fight for the right to life, I do believe that it is a step in the right direction.
- Marriage: I also believe that marriage should be defined as the union of one man and one woman. South Carolina is one of 30 states that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman in its Constitution. I firmly support the Defense of Marriage Act and will always side with traditional marriage. I am a cosponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman; and the State Marriage Defense Act, which protects states rights.
For more information concerning my work and views on important Issues, please contact my Washington, DC office.
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