Standing Strong in Defense of Life

Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) • January 27, 2017

I am a proud, uncompromising advocate for the unborn.

As leaders, we have an obligation to stand up for our nation’s most vulnerable and to give a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. All too often we fall into the trap of conflating women’s health with abortion, assuming that if one supports protecting life, then we’re failing to care for women’s health.

Abortion advocates often demonize and attack pro-life supporters for failing to care about women’s health, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Potentially life-saving screenings, vaccinations, and physical examinations for women are widely available, often with little-to-no out-of-pocket costs to the patient. In fact, there are 20 federally-funded comprehensive care clinics for every Planned Parenthood clinic. I welcome a discussion on doing more to protect women’s health, but I reject the notion that caring for the health and well-being of women and being against abortion are mutually exclusive. Access to healthcare and access to abortions are opposing values and should not be conflated.

I have long been a staunch advocate for pro-life issues despite vocal opposition. As Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, I shepherded the partial-birth abortion ban through Congress. It was one of my greatest honors to watch President George W. Bush sign it into law, and I was relieved that the Supreme Court upheld it. I have fully supported every effort in Congress to stop federally funded abortions, both in the United States and abroad, and have fought to prevent federal funds from being used on embryonic stem cell and fetal-tissue research.

My steadfast commitment to the pro-life movement is also one of many reasons I oppose the Affordable Care Act, which under its various exchanges, renders previous pro-life protections ineffectual.

The emotional arguments for and against abortion are complex, but the root of the issue in Congress is not. Taxpayer dollars should never be used to federally fund abortions or the clinics that perform them. I, along with my pro-life colleagues, will continue to fight for life and oppose any legislation that uses federal finances to support pro-abortion causes, organizations, or services.