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Family Life & Culture

We cannot forget about family security. The strength of our nation ultimately depends upon the strength of our families and communities.  I have worked in Congress to uphold the rights and dignity of the most vulnerable in our society, to protect our first freedoms of liberty and religious freedom, and to encourage families who are making a commitment to themselves and their communities.

Building a culture that respects and protects the rights of all Americans binds us more closely as a people and strengthens us as a nation.

Families and communities that protect the innocence of children, respect life, teach personal responsibility, and encourage decency help build a culture that honors the inherent dignity of every person, including the poor and the defenseless. Since coming to Congress, more and more is expected of government which can never adequately substitute for the smallest form of community, the family.

Sadly, one of the deepest philosophical divides in our country is over the issue of abortion.  I am pro-life. I believe women deserve better than abortion, especially women who may feel coerced or believe they have no other choice.  Abortion has caused a tremendous amount of woundedness in our culture.  We must do better.

Certainly we are big enough as a country, have resources enough, and we should care enough for those facing difficult situations.  Our laws should reflect this fundamental principle of justice. I have sought to stop the use of taxpayer dollars to fund abortion in health care and the export of abortion overseas through our foreign policy.

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