Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Family Values

As a staunch defender of the unborn, I believe that life begins at conception and every life has a soul. I also believe in traditional marriage between a man and a woman. In Congress, I have proudly stood up in defense of life and traditional marriage. As long as I am blessed to serve in Congress, I will continue to do so. My first legislative act was to introduce the Taxpayer Protection Act, a bill to require states to report any funds they received through Medicaid and spent on organizations that perform, promote, or refer for abortion services. 

I have long been concerned with Planned Parenthood, which is why twice I led the effort to require the Government Accountability Office to track how much taxpayer money organizations that promote or perform abortions receive in an effort to provide transparency. The report concluded that close to $1 billion in federal taxpayer funding were spent over the period of 2000-2008. I do not believe taxpayer dollars should be spent on these organizations. I have also introduced the Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act every year since I was first elected to Congress. This critical bill requires states to issue an annual report of federal tax dollars that go to organizations that perform abortions. Taxpayers deserve to know where their tax dollars are being spent, especially when it involves organizations involved in ending innocent life.

Like many, I am appalled by the undercover footage of Planned Parenthood Federation of America staff casually planning a day of abortions strategically performed to harvest requested organs of unborn babies. This deplorable lack of respect for life is disgusting and immoral. Regardless of ones view on protecting the unborn, we can all agree that Planned Parenthood should not be an organ factory. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, my colleagues and I will investigate and take action based on our findings. More must be done to investigate Planned Parenthood's potenially criminal behavior. I joined with 54 of my House colleagues in calling for Attorney General Lynch to appoint an independent counsel to investigate the organization. Click here to view a copy of the letter.

A majority of Americans oppose taxpayer funding for groups that promote or perform abortions. With our national debt over $19 trillion - we must apply strict scrutiny to every federal dollar allocated. Since coming to Congress, I have fought against unnecessary and excessive government spending in all areas.

Protecting Life in the Federal Spending Process
During this year's appropriations process where we determine how your federal tax dollars are spent, I joined with many of my pro-life colleagues in pushing for spending policies that protect the unborn and taxpayers morally opposed to their tax dollars being spent by organizations that promote or perfom abortions. Below are some of the letters we sent to the appropriators to ensure pro-life policies are maintained in our spending bills.

Defund Planned Parenthood - No federal funds may be used for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of its affiliates. A copy of the letter can be found here. You can also see Congress' votes on defunding Planned Parenthood here. 

Texas Bicameral Congressional Amicus Brief .

Eliminate Elective Abortions in Obamacare Multi-State Health Plans - Under Obamacare, tax dollars can be used for elective abortions in the Multi-State Plan Program. There are currently 32 states, as well as the District of Columbia, that offer multi-state plans. This letter requests to block federal funding for multi-state plans to include abortion coverage. A copy of the letter can be found here.

Health Care Conscience Rights - Repeal Obamacare mandate to ensure that federal government cannot require individuals, religious charities or businesses to buy insurance coverage that violates their moral or religious beliefs. A copy of the letter can be found here

Human Embryo Protection - No federal funds can be used for research in which a human embryo is intentionally created or modified to include a heritable genetic modification. A copy of the letter can be found here.

No Taxpayer Funds for Abortions for Immigration DetaineesNo federal funds can be used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pay for an abortion, except when the life of the mother is at risk or in the case of rape or incest. A copy of the letter can be found here. 

PDF iconMexico City Policy and UNFPA.pdf

 

PDF iconMasterpiece Cakeshop


PDF iconLetter to VP Pence.pdf


PDF iconNIFLA v. Becerra.pdf

PDF iconLetter to NIH

Olson Family Values Legislation:
H.R. 4849 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (introduced 1/19/2018) 

Family Values Bills Cosponsored by Olson:
H.R. 7 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (introduced 1/13/2017) 

H.R. 36 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] (introduced 1/3/2017)

H.R. 352 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
State Health Flexibility Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] (introduced 1/6/2017)  

H.R. 354– 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (introduced 1/6/2017)   

H.R.490 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep King, Steve [R-IA-4] (introduced 1/12/2017)

H.R. 586 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Sanctity of Human Life Act
Sponsor: Rep Hice, Jody B. [R-GA-10] (introduced 1/17/2017)  

H.R. 644 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Conscience Protection Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Black, Diane [R-TN-6] (introduced 1/24/2017

H.R. 656 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Women's Public Health and Safety Act
Sponsor: Rep Duffy, Sean P. [R-WI-7] (introduced 1/24/2017) 

H.R. 681– 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Life at Conception Act
Sponsor: Rep Mooney, Alexander X. [R-WV-2] (introduced 1/24/2017) 

H.R. 692 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act
Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R-FL-27] (introduced 1/24/2017) 

H.R. 1192 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4] (introduced 2/16/2017)   

H.R. 2956 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Parental Notification and Intervention Act of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Gohmert, Louie [R-TX-1] (introduced 6/20/2017)  

H.R. 4131 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
No Abortion Bonds Act
Sponsor: Rep Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] (introduced 10/25/2017) 

H.R. 4507 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
To require assurances that certain family planning service projects and programs will provide pamphlets containing the contact information of adoption centers. 
Sponsor: Rep Wittman, Robert J. [R-VA-1] (introduced 11/30/2017)

H.R. 4660 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2017
Sponsor: Rep Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2] (introduced 12/14/2017)  

H.R. 4712 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Sponsor: Rep Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7] (introduced 12/21/2017) 

H.R. 4849 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)
Taxpayer Conscience Protection Act of 2018
Sponsor: Rep Olson, Pete [R-TX-22] (introduced 1/19/2018)