The Declaration of Independence proclaims the right to life as "self evident" and that governments are charged with a duty to protect this inalienable right. Tragically, in recent history, government has failed to perform this fundamental duty to protect our nation's most vulnerable members. This is most evident in that vaguely written, fatalistic Supreme Court decision in the case of Roe v. Wade. Since Roe, nearly 30 million preborn children have been slaughtered in their mother's wombs and millions of women have been traumatized -- both mentally and physically -- by their decision to exercise the so-called "right" to an abortion.

When our laws tell people that what lies behind the thin wall of a women's abdomen during pregnancy is not a human being and that the destiny of a preborn child lies with the private conscience of the mother, we are essentially telling society that life itself is not important enough to be called an inalienable right. If life itself is not the most fundamental of all rights, then what is?

Abortion has not only resulted in the death of millions of preborn children, but has also contributed to the erosion of our nation's moral fabric. When we take actions that cheapen the sanctity of life, we are contributing to an overall decline in our society's moral values. And by allowing abortion, we are indirectly promoting values that encourage crime, illegitimacy, and the breakdown of the family.

Having said this, I do not believe women have a "right" to kill their preborn child. Moreover, I do not believe that the word "choice" should be used with regard to abortion, since killing a preborn child offers the child no choice at all. I will continue, therefore, to promote legislation that will restore respect for human life and protect women from the devastating consequences of abortion. I will also work to prohibit the federal government from funding abortions with taxpayer money. Those of us who are morally opposed to abortion should not be obligated to pay for it.

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