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Congressman Trent Franks delivers a beautiful speech in memory of all those lost to abortion since 1973

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Editor’s note: The remarkable speech delivered by Rep. Franks (R-Az.) can be viewed at www.facebook.com/nationalrighttolife.

Mr. Speaker, I am aware that another legislative day has concluded and that the sun is setting rapidly in Washington. I stand before this House with what I refer to as a Sunset Memorial.

Before the sun sets today in America, almost 4,000 more unborn children will be killed by abortion on demand in the land of the free and the home of the brave. This is more than the number of innocent lives lost on September 11th in this country, and it happens every day.

It has now been 40 years since the Supreme Court handed down the controversial decision in Roe v. Wade. Since that time, the very foundation of this nation has been stained by the blood of almost 55 million of its own unborn children. Some of them, Mr. Speaker, cried and screamed as they died. However, because the fluid in the amniotic sac prevented the vocal cords from being stimulated, we were unable to hear their cries.

All of the aforementioned cases exhibited at least four commonalities, as elucidated by Mr. Speaker.

Firstly, they were infants who had committed no wrongdoing against anyone. Furthermore, each of them died an anonymous and isolated death.

It is likely that each of these mothers will experience a profound sense of loss and grief, regardless of whether they are aware of it.

The potential contributions of these children to humanity have been irrecoverably lost, Mr. Speaker.

Nevertheless, even in the face of such tragedy, this generation persists in clinging to a blind and invincible ignorance, while history repeats itself ad infinitum. Our own silent genocide mercilessly annihilates the most helpless of all victims, those yet unborn.

I recently heard Barack Obama deliver a speech in which he made poignant remarks that, whether he was aware of it or not, could be applied to the tragedy of abortion on demand in America. Let me now quote selected passages from his remarks:

He stated, “This is our initial responsibility: the care of our children.” It is, therefore, our first responsibility. If we fail to address this issue effectively, we will be unable to achieve any other goal. This is how we will be judged as a society.

It is therefore pertinent to inquire whether, as a nation, we are fulfilling our obligations in accordance with the aforementioned criteria. It is imperative to ascertain whether the nation is doing enough to ensure the safety of its children, without distinction. It is therefore necessary to ask whether we are doing enough to ensure that all children in this country have the opportunity to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose.

In recent days, I have been contemplating this matter and, if we are to be candid with ourselves, the conclusion is that the answer is in the negative. It is evident that we are not doing enough. And it is clear that change is necessary.

It is evident that the president’s words are indeed accurate, Mr. Speaker.

Furthermore, the president stated, “We cannot continue to tolerate this situation.” It is imperative that these tragedies cease. To bring about an end to these tragedies, it is necessary to implement change.

The president then inquired, “Are we truly prepared to acknowledge that we are powerless in the face of such devastation, that the political process is beyond our capacity to navigate?” Are we prepared to acknowledge that the violence visited upon our children on an annual basis is somehow the price of our freedom?

Mr. Speaker, is this not the most pertinent question that we should all be considering in the context of the ongoing genocide of thousands of unborn children in the United States on a daily basis?

The president has stated that the journey is not complete until all children are cared for, cherished, and safe from harm.

“It is our generation’s responsibility to ensure that these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness are made a reality for every American.”

Mr. Speaker, I must profess that I have never so wholeheartedly concurred with any utterance ever made by President Obama as I do with the words I have just quoted. And yet this president employs the most egregious distortion of logic and reason and humanity itself in refusing to apply these majestic words to helpless unborn babies. It would be beneficial for Mr. Obama to consider the implications of his own words and to reflect on the reasons why his statements, which should apply to all children, cannot include the most vulnerable and helpless of all children.

Just a few days ago, Barack Obama placed his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln was sworn in and took his presidential oath, situated no more than 200 yards from this well.

Mr. Speaker, it is important to recognize that we honor Abraham Lincoln most because he demonstrated immense courage as President of the United States during the era of slavery. He was able to recognize the inherent dignity and humanity of slaves, despite the Supreme Court’s assertion that they were not human beings and despite the prevailing public opinion that they were not deserving of legal protection. Could it be that President Barack Obama might consider this perspective, along with his own legacy and even eternity itself, and recognize that these unborn children look so desperately to him now for help?

Could it be that the President may finally recall the words written in red on the pages of the Bible upon which he laid his hand, which state, “inasmuch as you have done unto the least of these My brethren, you have done it unto Me”?

It is therefore incumbent upon us, those assembled here, to recall the reasons for our presence. In his writings, Thomas Jefferson asserted that the primary objective of a government is to promote the well-being and happiness of its citizens, rather than to destroy them. The phrase in the 14th Amendment encapsulates the entirety of the Constitution. The text states, “No state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law.”

Mr. Speaker, the protection of the lives of all Americans and their constitutional rights is the reason for our collective presence here. The bedrock foundation of this republic is the clarion declaration of the self-evident truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, including the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Every conflict and battle our nation has ever faced can be traced back to our unwavering commitment to this core self-evident truth. It has made us the beacon of hope for the entire world, Mr. Speaker. This is who we are. And yet another day has passed, and we in this body have once again failed to honour that foundational commitment. In contravention of our sworn oath and our God-given responsibility, we have failed to provide the protection that should have been afforded to nearly 4,000 more innocent American babies who died today.

In conclusion, Mr. In conclusion, let me posit that the truth of abortion as the killing of little babies, the pain it causes mothers, and the necessity of collective action to reclaim the values enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, will be embraced by those who have heard this sunset memorial tonight. Furthermore, it is important to recall that we are the same America that rejected human slavery and marched into Europe to arrest the Nazi Holocaust. We are still the courageous and compassionate nation that can find a better way for mothers and their unborn babies than abortion on demand.

It is not too late for us to create a better world and for America to assume a leadership role on the global stage, as we did in the days of slavery, by addressing the tragic genocide of nearly 4,000 of our own children every day.

In light of the 40-year legacy of Roe v. Wade, it is imperative that we reflect on the plight of the unborn. It is crucial to recognize that our own days in this world are finite, and that each of us will eventually depart from this earthly realm. Should this Congress be permitted to convene on another day, may that day be the day when we finally hear the cries of innocent unborn children. It is our hope that this will be the day when we find the humanity, courage and will to embrace our human and constitutional duty to protect these, the least of our American brothers and sisters, from the scourge of abortion on demand.

Mr. Speaker, it is now 40 years to the day since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade first stained the foundation of this nation with the blood of its own children. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave.


Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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