The right to life is a foundational principle of our nation, rooted in the Declaration of Independence, which states that governments are instituted in order to protect the God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. There is no greater responsibility of government than the protection of precious, innocent life.
In addition to protecting preborn life, I am deeply concerned by efforts to trample over the conscience rights of taxpayers who have sincere objections to abortion. According to a January 2021 poll from Marist and the Knights of Columbus, a majority of Americans do not support government funding of abortion. Historically, federal and state law protect conscience rights for those who have religious objections to abortion. Conscience rights are grounded in the First Amendment and the very essence of our Bill of Rights. Freedom of conscience must be defended despite efforts in the legislature and judiciary to strip this fundamental right. It is important that the Hyde Amendment and the Hyde principle of protecting life are included in all bills relating to funding of government health services so that taxpayer funds are not used to pay for abortions in the United States or abroad.