Opinion, By Catherine Templeton
Thirteen years ago, I was a new mom. My husband, Morgan, and I were running after our two-year-old daughter, McCabe, and we thought life could not get better than this. But then it did.
As an early Christmas present, Morgan and I received the joyous news that we were going to be expanding our family — and not just by one, but by two.
It was one of the happiest days of my life. And then, Morgan and I were given some troubling news by our doctor.
Not only did I have a life threatening blood disorder, but the doctor wanted to run more tests to determine if an abortion was advisable or necessary.
Morgan and I didn’t need to run more tests. In fact, we didn’t even need to leave the doctor’s office to discuss what to do.
These two precious babies were given to us by God’s grace. He entrusted their lives with us, and as their parents — we would do all that we could to protect and defend them as long as He trusted us with their care.
We went home without any further testing, and a few months later, we welcomed two beautiful, healthy babies — a boy named Hampton and a girl named Cacky.
Today, my twins are twelve-years-old. They may be giving me more gray hairs by the minute, but they are healthy and happy and here on this earth for a purpose.
In politics, candidates say they are pro-life. They must promise to close abortion clinics and protect the lives of the unborn. But this isn’t semantics for me. I am pro-life at my core. I am pro-life, because I — personally — have been faced with a risky pregnancy, a life threatening condition, and a choice. I know what it truly means to defend the lives of the unborn and I choose life.
I’ve seen beautiful, productive people come out of some of the most difficult situations.
I understand what it is like to be a parent faced with tough decisions, and know that as a society, we need to do a better job at counseling and supporting moms and dads who are facing the same choices that doctors gave Morgan and me all those years ago.
As Governor, there will be opportunities to reduce the number of abortions in our state. As a conservative and a mother, I will always approach our decisions as the woman who stood with God and defended her babies’ lives.
When Governor Haley and I were in charge of family health for the state, I made sure there was no money going to Planned Parenthood. As Governor, I will make sure there will never be state funding for Planned Parenthood, as they are an organization that has remained committed to inhumane practices that do no align with our conservative values.
As a state, we can support other organizations, clinics, and charities that provide cancer and preventative health screenings for low-income men and women.
Knowing that God is our Creator, I will prayerfully sign legislation that reduces the number of abortions in South Carolina.
God’s children have a right to life, and I will always fight for that.