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As penned in the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers founded America with the strong belief that individuals are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” Among those is the right to life, which influences my commitment to protecting the most vulnerable, including the unborn.

Since entering Congress, protection of life has been one of my highest priorities. Throughout my service in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have voted in support of life and currently have a 100 percent pro-life voting record. In the days ahead, I will continue to defend the sanctity of life with every vote I cast.

I am also a staunch supporter of the Hyde Amendment that has protected life and prevented federal taxpayer-funded abortions for nearly 50 years. Since the Hyde Amendment was enacted in 1976, it is estimated that this provision on annual appropriations bills has saved more than two million lives while also protecting the conscience rights of the great majority of Americans who oppose public funding for abortions – either for religious, moral or fiscal reasons.

Although the Hyde Amendment has historically been supported by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and signed into law by presidents of both parties, Democrats have unfortunately shifted their position and sought to repeal Hyde. The result of doing so would impose a pro-abortion-funding policy on states that have decided against it. I vehemently oppose any efforts to repeal the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life provisions traditionally included in funding legislation, and I remain committed to supporting legislation and efforts to defend vulnerable unborn children and protect the conscience rights of pro-life Americans.

More on Life

September 24, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), a member of the Pro-Life Caucus, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3755.
July 29, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Vice Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee, offered a motion to recommit (MTR) on the House floor to restore longstanding, bipartisan pro-life protections to annual appropriations bills for fiscal year 2022.
July 21, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Vice Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee and Ranking Member of the House Rules Committee, today led a unanimous House Republican effort to restore longstanding, bipartisan pro-life language that has been included in the annual appropriations process for decades.
July 19, 2021 Weekly Columns
Over the past few weeks, the House Appropriations Committee has been working on the 12 annual bills that fund the entirety of the federal government. Indeed, the appropriations process is one of the most important functions of Congress and has generally been bipartisan with Democrats and Republicans working together to complete one of Congress’s most critical roles. That is, until this year when Democrats broke from this tradition and eliminated the life-saving Hyde Amendment.
July 16, 2021 News Stories
A House committee voted Thursday to allow federal funding of abortion, defeating an attempt by Rep. Tom Cole to add a prohibition that has been part of congressional policy for more than four decades.
July 15, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – During a House Appropriations Committee markup for fiscal year 2022 this afternoon, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) offered an amendment to restore longstanding and traditionally bipartisan pro-life provisions, the Hyde and Weldon Amendments, removed by Democrats on the panel.
July 15, 2021 News Stories
On Thursday, the House Committee on Appropriations held heated debates over the removal of the Hyde Amendment from the 2022 fiscal plan.
June 25, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined in sending a letter to Republican leaders encouraging them to oppose any legislation that does not include provisions protecting the sanctity of life, such as the Hyde Amendment.
April 15, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) signed a discharge petition filed yesterday by House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (MO-02) and Congresswoman Kat Cammack (FL-03), calling for a vote on H.R. 619, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
April 7, 2021 Press Release
Moore, OK – Today, Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined other Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee in sending a letter to Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) urging the majority to keep all existing pro-life protections in the fiscal year 2022 appropriations bills.

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