Stand For Life: Remembering The Past And Looking Forward
“The last thing I saw was the tiny, perfectly formed backbone sucked into the tube, and then it was gone. And the uterus was empty. Totally empty.”
These disturbing words describe a live abortion as witnessed by former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson. Her recently published book, Unplanned, recalls her experience as a pro-choice activist who came to the stark realization that a human life is indeed ended each time an abortion occurs.
We are reminded of this solemn reality especially upon this sad anniversary of the Roe versus Wade decision, thirty-eight years ago. Children are a miracle and a gift from God, but tragically 53 million lives have been snuffed out at abortion clinics around our nation since 1973.
Americans United for Life recently reported this sad statistical information: “The rate and number of abortions in the United States has been in decline since peaking in 1990, but the Guttmacher Institute issued a report this week that this decline has ‘stalled.’”
I will do everything in my capacity in the House of Representatives to put abortions back on the decline.
During my two previous terms in the House of Representatives I’m proud to boast a 0% pro-choice voting record from the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League. Now in my third term in Congress, I will continue fighting for life.
The task immediately at hand is repealing and defunding pro-abortion ObamaCare. Last week the House voted 245-189 to repeal, in full, the monstrous health care plan. This action is necessary in the pro-life fight because ObamaCare contains a very concerning loophole allowing federal funds to go towards abortion.
Some critics have called last’s week House vote merely “symbolic”, but it’s much more important than just going through the motions. The House needed to repeal ObamaCare in response to the cries of our constituents. The American people have been anything but silent on this issue. Last week’s vote was the first step to dismantling this colossally pro-choice bill.
The next big undertaking for Republicans is presenting a budget with billions of dollars worth of funding cuts. One obvious place to dry-up funding is Planned Parenthood. Not only would defunding Planned Parenthood and affiliated federal grants to abortion facilities at the federal, state and local levels save us $630 million in taxpayer dollars, but its simply the moral thing to do.
Planned Parenthood recently mandated all of its affiliates to operate at least one abortion center. An organization that disvalues life so blatantly must never receive a taxpayer penny.
I have great hope in the new Congress that was sworn in earlier this month. Within the 112th is a prominent bloc of solid pro-life representatives. Work has already begun to bring value back to human life, at all stages.
For example, I proudly joined many of my colleagues in sending a letter to Chairman Harold Rogers and Ranking Member Norm Dicks of the Appropriations Committee to ensure that a prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortion in the District of Columbia is promptly restored. I have also enthusiastically co-sponsored numerous pieces of pro-life legislation, among them, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” that would permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion across all federal programs.
I am inspired by people like Abby Johnson, and so many others, who are willing to take a stand for life. We can never undue the damage, pain and loss that abortion has brought upon our country, but we can reverse course from that life-killing road. Once our nation rights its course, back onto the road to life, our nation can start to find healing.