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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

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.
April 26, 2016 News Stories
A top member of the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday called for a major investigation into government-funded community health centers after several clinics were found in violation of federal rules on abortion.