Social and Traditional Values
Our country has been blessed with greatness because it was founded upon sound principles by people of strong moral character. If we as a nation are to continue to progress, we cannot allow our fundamental values to erode. Congressman Lamborn is committed to protecting human life at all stages, defending religious freedom, keeping our children safe, and providing tax incentives to strengthen American families.
Human life begins at fertilization. Each human life has inherent value and dignity regardless of stage of development, race, age, gender, or ability. Congressman Lamborn’s legislative record reflects his unwavering dedication to protecting the sanctity of human life from the unborn to the elderly, the terminally ill, and all whose lives are threatened by euthanasia.
Congressman Lamborn has sponsored or cosponsored over 50 pro-life bills since his election to Congress. In 2011, he cosponsored and voted for the House-passed “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill that would establish a government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortion, and the “Protect Life Act,” another great piece of legislation that would prohibit funding for abortion or abortion coverage under Obamacare.
A member of the Constitution Caucus, Congressman Lamborn believes that the Constitution specifically protects the freedom of American citizens to openly practice and celebrate religion. The purpose of the Constitution and First Amendment was not to defend government from religion, but rather to defend religion from interference by government. As an example, in 2011, Congressman Lamborn introduced a Christmas Resolution to recognize and support the importance of the symbols and traditions of Christmas for those who celebrate Christmas and to disapprove of attempts to ban references to Christmas in civic dialogue. Eighty of his colleagues joined him in support of this bipartisan Resolution. He has signed onto numerous pieces of legislation and letters protecting religious freedoms and the rights of conscience.
To further his efforts to protect our core conservative family values, Congressman Lamborn is an active member of the Republican Study Committee, a Congressional organization committed to conservative principles in government.
Additionally, Congressman Lamborn is an active member of the Values Action Team and the Pro-Life Caucus. Through these organizations he legislatively promotes the protection of life, advances pro-family tax bills (such as marriage tax penalty relief, death tax elimination, education savings accounts, adoption tax credit, parent tax credit), fights to improve our education system through school choice, advocates prohibition of Internet child pornography, and seeks harsher penalties for child predators.
Embryonic Stem Cell Research
I cosponsored the Patients First Act, H.R. 877, in the 111th Congress. The bill would intensify research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefit for human patients. Additionally, the legislation would promote the creation of pluripotent stem cell lines without the creation, destruction, or discarding of human embryos.
Stem cell science is not controversial – killing embryos is. Stem cells are derived from many different sources in the human body and most of these are not controversial. Only stem cells that require the destruction of a human embryo are objectionable.
Adult stem cells have successfully treated over 70 diseases and disabilities, compared to zero published successes in human patients with embryonic stem cells.
The First Amendment in the Bill of Rights states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Despite the cultural shift away from religion, religious organizations and individuals deserve to freely worship and live out their faith.
Colonel Leland Bohannon's Religious Liberty Case with the U.S. Air Force
The U.S. Air Force asked Colonel Bohannon to sign a certificate honoring the same-sex marriage of a retiring Airman. The colonel asked a different commander to sign, citing religious accommodation, which complies with USAF policy. But the Air Force promptly ended his career.
I wrote a letter to the USAF Secretary in support of the colonel's religious liberty and 25 other members of the House signed on. I joined "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" to discuss this pertinent issue.
Sponsored Values Legislation
H.R. 6086 Protecting Religious Expression Against Censorship and Harrassment (PREACH) Act of 2016
H.R. 3215 - End Trafficking of the Terminated Unborn Act of 2015
H.Res. 790 Expressing support for designation of July 2, as the "National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance"
H. Res. 564 - Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected for use by those who celebrate Christmas.
Cosponsored Values Legislation
H.R. Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2016
H.R. 36 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
H.R. 2802 - First Amendment Defense Act
H.R. 3134 - Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
H.R. 3504 - Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
H.R. 1425 - Preserve and Protect God in Military Oaths Act of 2015
H.R. 816 - Life at Conception Act
H.R. 453 - Healthy Relationships Act of 2015
H.R. 824 - State Marriage Defense Act of 2015
H.R. 217 - Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
Social & Traditional Values Media
Watch or read Congressman Lamborn's floor speech in support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.
Read summaries of Congressman Lamborn's efforts to promote Religious Liberty and protect the unborn.
Watch Congressman Lamborn host a reading for National Bible Week 2017 on the House Floor.
More on Social and Traditional Values
To commemorate Easter, Congressman Doug Lamborn issued the following statement:
"Happy Easter! May God bring you the revelation of what this holiday truly means, and with that knowledge, stand and face the world with courage and hope.
“Let your hearts be glad, shout with joy, and celebrate this great day. Easter is here, and so is new life and hope."
Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on H.R. 5, partisan legislation which would expand the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes. These new definitions raise concerns over the effect that they would have on parental rights, conscience protections, equality for women, and the ability for doctors to serve patients using their best medical judgment.
Washington D.C. – This week, Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) led a Special Order on the House floor, celebrating the 79th anniversary of National Bible Week. Congressman Lamborn and several other Members of Congress expressed the profound impact that the Bible has had on their lives and on America.
Washington, D.C.- Today, the United States House of Representatives voted on the MORE Act, legislation that legalizes marijuana and removes it entirely from the Controlled Substances Act. Marijuana is currently the most commonly used illicit drug, with more than 24 million Americans presently claiming to use it. This includes 20.8% of young adults aged 18-25 who have used marijuana at least once in the past month. The MORE Act would provide taxpayer dollars to the marijuana industry and makes federal grants and loans available for cannabis related service providers.
Washington, D.C.— Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) received an “A” rating on the National Pro-Life Scorecard, organized by the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life organization. This “A” rating measures Congressman Lamborn’s record—including votes, co-sponsorships of crucial legislation, congressional letters, and other pro-life work during the second session of the 116th Congress.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Lamborn led a letter with 25 Members of Congress to Senate Majority Leader McConnell asking that liability protections be included for houses of worship and religious organizations in future coronavir
Washington, D.C.- Representatives Doug Lamborn and Doug Collins today led 18 of their colleagues in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urging him to protect the religi
Washington, D.C. – Representatives Doug Lamborn, Chris Smith, and Henry Cuellar co-led a bipartisan letter with 13 of Members of Congress to House and Senate leadership requesting an expansion of universal charitable giving deductions for the 2021 tax year. The current cap established in the CARES Act for non-itemized charitable deductions is $300 dollars. If the current cap is raised or abolished, it will encourage taxpayers to give additional support to nonprofits.