PRO-LIFE POLICY IS BEST FOR AMERICA
In November 2007, I participated in a pro-life prayer vigil organized by the Seattle affiliate of 40 Days For Life. And in January of 2008, I participated in the 30th annual March for Life at the state capitol in Olympia.
I am confident that such pro-life activities, as part of a great national movement, will ultimately have a positive effect on our nation - weakening the culture of death, increasing respect for life, and saving lives. How many millions of babies never were born due to abortion? How many dreams, inventions, discoveries, and talents were snuffed out due to abortion?
I am committed to the protection of innocent, unborn human life. Our Declaration of Independence proclaims that people are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.” We have many rights, but it is no accident that our founding document lists the “right to life” first of all. I am proud to have the endorsement of the Human Life Political Action Committee (CLICK HERE) and the Faith and Freedom Political Action Committee (CLICK HERE).
Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided - I oppose abortion on demand, partial-birth abortion, and Federal funding of abortion. On the national level, I support a human life amendment.
I oppose medical experimentation with embryonic stem cells. When an abortion clinic seeks to perform an abortion on a minor, her parents should be notified and should have the right to intervene and block the abortion. A pharmacist or physician who is morally opposed to abortion should not be forced to go against their religious convictions. I strongly oppose so-called "assisted suicide."
Some state legislatures are making efforts to expand protection of the unborn, and I applaud such efforts. Progress toward increasing the rights of unborn children, and success in eventual passage of a human life amendment, depends to a large extent on the pro-life movement influencing the national debate over abortion.
I am encouraged by recent developments in this regard. While partial-birth abortions represent a small percentage of all abortions, the discussion on partial-birth abortion has increased knowledge about the horrific details of abortion, and has increased support for the rights of the unborn.
During my 2006 campaign for Congress against far left Democrat Jim McDermott, my opponent was endorsed by the pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America, which stated: "Rep. McDermott was elected to Congress in 1988 and is being challenged by anti-choice Steve Beren. McDermott has earned a fully pro-choice voting record from NARAL Pro-Choice America."
In my 2008 campaign for Congress, I will continue to support the King County, Washington State, and national GOP platforms, which reflect the pro-life views of the party membership and grassroots. President Reagan had the right idea on the subject of protecting the unborn.
President Reagan - State of the Union, 1/25/88: "Tonight, I call America - a good nation, a moral people - to charitable but realistic consideration of the terrible cost of abortion on demand. To those who say this violates a wo man's right to control of her own body: Can they deny that now medical evidence confirms the unborn child is a living human being entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Let us unite as a nation and protect the unborn with legislation that would stop all Federal funding for abortion and with a human life amendment...."
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