By Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-1)
One of the greatest joys I have been privileged to experience in my lifetime is the miracle of birth. As the parents of four wonderful children, Rebecca and I have been blessed to watch our children grow and mature into talented and unique individuals. More than anything, this has reinforced my strong belief that every life is truly precious. However, I also believe that if we do not take action in this country to create a culture of life it will have dire consequences, fraying the moral fabric that has sustained us for generations.
That’s why this week I was proud to add my name as a cosponsor to H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This bill prohibits the use of federal funding for abortion, specifically barring federal funding from being used to pay for any health insurance benefits that include abortion coverage. On Tuesday, this bill came before the full House of Representatives for a vote, and I was proud to join with conservatives to make a stand for the unborn in the House chamber. The bill passed 227-188.
The issue of funding abortion with taxpayer dollars, to me, is not complex or difficult to understand. It is a moral issue. Forcing my constituents in South Alabama who find the practice of abortion morally abhorrent to subsidize it with taxpayer dollars is simply unacceptable. This just seems like common sense to me.
Conservatives must keep working hard to represent the voice of the unborn – because if we won’t, who will? Babies do not have the ability to speak or defend themselves from harm. It’s up to us to act as the voice for the voiceless.
I made a promise over the course of the past months that if elected I would be a warrior for life in Washington. That’s what I am committed to as your Congressman, and what I was proud to stand up for this week as the House passed H.R. 7. I will continue working hard to represent our common-sense, pro-life Alabama principles in Washington, and I am optimistic we will continue to make strides to create a culture that values life and opportunity for all.