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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. 

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April 1, 2019 Weekly Columns

As penned in the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers founded this nation 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.

June 14, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – The House Appropriations Committee today released the draft fiscal year 2019 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) funding bill, which will be considered in subcommittee.
June 6, 2018 Weekly Columns
Our Declaration of Independence boldly states that each of us is endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and first among these is the right to life itself. I have always read that powerful statement to include the right of the unborn to life, and throughout my many years of political service, I have striven to be a champion for unborn children and vulnerable minors.
May 18, 2018 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar announced updated HHS regulations regarding Title X funding.
                                                                                                                                                       
July 1, 2016 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) terminated a grant to the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) after an oversight investigation by the CNCS Office of Inspector General found the latter to be out of compliance with the law regarding “doula” services in conjunction with abortion procedures. In April, Cole sent a letter to Wendy Spencer, CNCS CEO, calling for the termination of grant funding to the NACHC.
 
June 27, 2016 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Supreme Court ruled against the lower court’s decision regarding Texas abortion laws in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. In an earlier decision by the Fifth Circuit Court, the law would require abortion clinics to have facilities that are equivalent to outpatient surgical centers, as well as require doctors who perform abortions to obtain privileges of admitting patients to local hospitals.
 
May 2, 2016 Weekly Columns

Community health centers are typically held in high regard and enjoy widespread, bipartisan support in Congress. So last week’s revelation that three such facilities in New York had allowed AmeriCorps volunteers to assist in abortion procedures was especially disturbing. Specifically within the AmeriCorps Community HealthCorps program, AmeriCorps volunteers were instructed and trained by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) to act as “doulas” during abortions.

April 29, 2016 News Stories
AmeriCorps admitted this week that six of its members violated the federal prohibition against using taxpayer funds for abortion by acting as “abortion doulas” for women undergoing the procedure at three centers in New York City.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday that federal grant money should be shut off to a national organization of community health centers for allowing members of an associated group to assist with abortions.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
A House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman is calling for an investigation into government funded community health centers, following a report that some had been training AmeriCorps volunteers to act as “doulas,” or women trained to assist other women through childbirth, during abortion procedures.

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