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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

January 28, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after receiving the highest rank of “A+” from the Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life Scorecard for consistently voting for legislation to defend the lives of unborn children.
January 26, 2021 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks and others in sending a letter to congressional leaders regarding protection of the Hyde Amendment and other pro-life provisions traditionally included in annual appropriations bills.
December 10, 2020 News Stories
House Democrats, eyeing the arrival of President-elect Joe Biden in the White House next year, plan to ramp up efforts to repeal a law that bans abortions funded by taxpayers.
January 24, 2020 Press Release
Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List applauded Cole’s pro-life record during the 116th Congress, rating his record with the highest rank of “A” on the Susan B. Anthony National Pro-Life Scorecard.
June 14, 2019 News Stories
The U.S. House rejected an amendment by Rep. Tom Cole that would have preserved the “conscience protections” for health care providers who don’t want to perform certain procedures, including abortion.
May 8, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, the Full Committee met to consider the fiscal year 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Subcommittee’s appropriations bill.
April 16, 2019 Weekly Columns
It’s now been more than 100 days since Democrats have held the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. And from day one, House Democrats have misused that majority by playing political games, casting show votes and embracing radical ideas—instead of working in a bipartisan manner to craft legislation that can realistically become law in divided government.
April 2, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) today signed a discharge petition led by Republican Whip Steve Scalise calling for a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
April 1, 2019 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) joined with 80 Members of the House of Representatives in introducing the Conscience Protection Act on Monday, April 1, 2019. The Conscience Protection Act amends the Public Health Service Act to prevent government at the local, state, or federal level from discriminatory practices and penalization of health care providers that do not participate in highly controversial abortion services.
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.

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