I fully support, and have always fully supported, a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions. I do not believe it is my place or the place of any politician to interfere with a woman’s personal medical decisions.

 

I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade, and I will stand steadfastly with friends and allies in the women’s health community to oppose federal and state efforts to restrict a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions or to cut funding for women’s health care.

 

The day before I deployed to Iraq, my wife Paulina and I found out we were expecting our first child. When I returned, our daughter was already five months old. It was so hard to be apart. All I could do was worry and be as supportive as possible from half a world away.

 

Paulina shouldered the burden of being a military spouse, going to all of those prenatal check-ups and first visits with the pediatrician without me. We were lucky; she had a pregnancy without major complications and good insurance.

 

When I was in Iraq, Paulina was making countless decisions without me. I trusted her. And I trust other women to make the decisions that are best for them and their families.