Dear Mr. Matthews:
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about abortion. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.
As you know, I was elected to the United States Senate as a pro-life candidate. I believe that life begins at conception, and that the role of government is to protect, enrich and value life for everyone, at every moment, from beginning to end. These principles guide my actions as a public official. I will work in the Senate toward the goal of reducing the number of abortions by targeting the underlying factors that often lead women to have abortions. I will also continue to work within my party to ensure that both political parties are welcoming and open to such initiatives.
We cannot say we are pro-life without providing support to women who choose to carry their pregnancies to term. That is why I was proud to reintroduce the Pregnant Women Support Act on May 13, 2009. Many women who face an unplanned pregnancy do so with little or no support. Under such circumstances, the decision to continue a pregnancy can seem overwhelming. The Pregnant Women Support Act offers common ground on how we can reduce abortions by offering pregnant women real and genuine alternatives. More than anything, this bill is about helping women who are pregnant. It provides pregnant women more information, better medical care and stronger support during their pregnancies. It strengthens existing programs and adds new ones that support both mother and child after the baby is born.
I am pleased that all the major provisions of the Pregnant Women Support Act were included in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the health care reform bill that became law on March 23, 2010. Please be assured that I will continue to advocate for resources and support for pregnant and parenting teens and young women.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.
For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania..
United States Senator