Life at Conception Act reintroduced

On Wednesday, Jan.16, I reintroduced the Life at Conception Act.

As the Representative of the 17 beautiful counties which comprise West Virginia’s Second Congressional District, I am honored to be the lead sponsor of the Life at Conception Act (H.R. 616). My bill simply defines human life as beginning at the moment of conception. As a result, unborn babies are entitled to legal protection under the Constitution. We had a record number of 101 original cosponsors of the bill and I pray this bill will pass Congress.

America has a moral obligation to protect the unborn at every stage of development. It’s something I’ve always been passionate about. In fact, I was president of my college’s pro-life group, the Dartmouth Coalition for Life in the early 1990’s. I can still remember the conversations I had with my fellow students as I discussed the value of human life even at the earliest stages of development. It was a great feeling to know that I was opening eyes to the value of all human life, one student at a time.

Protecting life is one of the issues that compelled me to run for office. When I first asked for the opportunity to serve you as your Representative in Congress, I promised I’d be a strong defender of the unborn. I’m proud to say I’ve delivered on that promise.

The Life at Conception Act is a crucial part of the long term battle to protect the unborn.

The infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision asserted that because the beginning of life is not legally defined by Congress, it is up for interpretation by the Court. The Life at Conception Act simply fills that gap and defines that human life begins at the moment of conception.

This fact is taught in West Virginia Biology classes. The Prentice Hall Biology textbook published in 2002 states on page 1016, “When an egg is fertilized, the remarkable process of human development begins….a single cell no large then a period at the end of this sentences undergoes a series of cell divisions that results in the formation of a new human being.”

It is important for Congress to define when human life begins because the unborn are the most helpless among us. The babies need us to have enough courage to step up and protect them.

My bill also sets a standard for promoting and encouraging a culture of life. If enacted, it would simply affirm what we all know in our hearts and minds to be true: that unborn babies deserve our protection.

Last year, the Life at Conception Act had 150 cosponsors in Congress, including my West Virginia Colleagues Reps. David McKinley and Evan Jenkins. This year, newly elected member from the Third District, Rep. Carol Miller, has cosponsored the bill this year. I hope that more Members of Congress will join me in promoting respect and protection for all human life.

As your Representative, I continue to be guided by my faith and values. I look forward to working with my colleagues to defend the innocent and give voice to the voiceless.