Family is so important. In 2017, as I prepared to deploy to Iraq, my wife and I lost our firstborn son. At Ft. Belvoir, he was stillborn at 37 weeks. The military provided a burial plot for him at Quantico National Cemetery. Northern Virginia has a permanent place in our hearts.
We cannot take life for granted but must protect life from womb to tomb. The same way we would defend a senior citizen or toddler, we must protect the unborn. I support adoption options and foster care for unwanted children. I support pregnancy resource centers and advocate for compassion and help for women and families facing unplanned pregnancies. We also need to hold men accountable and encourage fathers to step up to the plate.
In recent years, my wife and I were given two blessings: a boy and a girl. It has been incredible to see their similarities and differences. As their father, I know it is my job to protect and nurture them. My wife does the same. As a medical doctor, she is expertly equipped.
In our district, we have many similarities and differences. Our differences can sometimes lead to discrimination. There is no place for discrimination in my book. I believe all people are created equally in God’s image and, because of this, have eternal dignity and worth.
The Virginia Constitution states it well: “That the right to be free from any governmental discrimination upon the basis of religious conviction, race, color, sex, or national origin shall not be abridged, except that the mere separation of the sexes shall not be considered discrimination” (Section 11).
As your delegate, I will fight for the right of all Virginians to be treated with equal dignity and respect.