By Dave Andrusko
On May 13, the day the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, 242-184, we included the powerful statements in support of HR 36 by House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). You can re-read them at nrlc.cc/1JwZSzp and nrlc.cc/1IJu7UB, respectively.
Earlier this week, we ran excerpts from more pro-life members of the House as they debated HR36. As promised, we continue to post the remarks of other pro-lifers–in this case Wisconsin Rep. Sean Duffy–and we’re including his speech as shown on C-SPAN.
Madam Speaker, this is a bill that is protecting babies who can survive outside the womb. These are babies who can feel pain. Knowing that this institution won’t stand up for those vulnerable children in our society is a sad day for this institution.
I have seven children. This is my sixth [he shows a poster of himself and his daughter]. This is MariV. This picture was taken with the two of us the day she was born. She is now 5 years old, and she is gregarious, awesome, fun—the most beautiful joy in our family. The way the law stands today is that, the day before this picture was taken, it would have been legal to have aborted MariV.
I want to talk about women’s rights. This is a little girl. This is a little baby girl who will one day grow up to be a woman. Let’s stand up and protect this little girl, not the day that she was born only, but also the day that she was in the womb. Let’s protect her from the pain of abortion, from the silent screams of those babies who were aborted in the womb who aren’t heard because they don’t have voices in this institution defending them.
Madam Speaker, I listen to the floor debate day after day, whether in this Chamber or on C–SPAN, and I hear the other side talk about how they fight for the forgotten, how they fight for the defenseless, how they fight for the voiceless, and they pound their chests, and they stomp their feet. You don’t have anyone in our society that is more defenseless than these little babies.
I believe in life at conception. I know my colleagues are not going to agree with me on that, but can’t we come together as an institution and say that we are going to stand with little babies who feel pain? that we are going to stand with little babies who can survive outside the womb—ones who don’t have lobbyists, who don’t have money, who can’t rally, who can’t offer contributions to one’s campaign? Don’t we stand with those little babies?
If you stand with the defenseless, with the voiceless, you have to stand with little babies. Don’t talk to me about cruelty in our bill when you look at little babies being dismembered and feeling excruciating pain. If we can’t stand to defend these children, what do we stand for in this institution?
What do we stand for in America if we can’t stand up for the most defenseless and voiceless among us?