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***David Young is running for Congress in Iowa’s Third District. His campaign requested the questions be answered through email. The questions were sent, and Young chose to make a statement on his views on the abortion issue.***

I am pro-life because I believe life is a beautiful gift from God. My Christian faith teaches me God is the author and creator of life.

While there are reports of the number of abortions being on the decline, still I believe in legal protections to protect life. These legal protections can best be provided by legislation passed at the state or federal level.

As a member of the U.S House of Representatives for two terms, I consistently cosponsored and voted for legislation to advance life. Just a few examples of this type of legislation includes restricting taxpayer funding to groups which perform abortions, voting for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, supporting the Life At Conception Act, Heartbeat Protection Act, and Health Care Conscience Rights Act. My confirmation and commitment of supporting life has been demonstrated, too, by endorsements of pro-life advocacy organizations.

And while the issue of abortion will almost inevitably be adjudicated at some place at some time within our judicial and court system, this issue and these decisions should best be made in some manner where the democratic process can be involved, so there can be accountability and the voice of the people heard through elections.

Beyond my legislative record to protect and advocate for life, I’ve committed charitably to support organizations with the mission of advancing the pro-life agenda. One particular group which I am endeared to is InnerVisions HealthCare, where real work is being done to save the lives of babies and give love and comfort and help to new moms and dads. And I pray for hearts and minds to change in people to see life as a gift from God and for them to want to help protect and advance life.

Advancing life is my goal. Unfortunately, not every bill or legislation is perfect – even within the pro-life community. I support exceptions when it comes to the life and health of the mother. Others have differing views on exceptions. While there are some differences with pro-life individuals and groups, whether it be exceptions, development or time limits, etc., it is important to look at the big picture and not let one’s view and want of a perfect piece of legislation be the enemy of the good – and for me the good has been, and will continue to be, advancing the overall cause of life – and protecting and advocating for God’s creation.

People can disagree on the life issue, but I hope we can all agree once a baby is born, we as a society will protect and love the child. I’m horrified at the recent debates regarding infanticide and the ethical question of caring for a born child. Over the years, I’ve met many people who are pro-choice, yet still personally believe expectant mothers should choose life. We should not be afraid of working with such people to further our overall cause of reducing and ending abortion in America.

I am proud to support life. It’s just the right thing to do. I will continue to support and advocate for life throughout my life.