By Dave Andrusko
If there wasn’t already more than enough to make you eager to attend the 2016 National Right to Life Convention July 7-9, pro-life champion Rep. Chris Smith will deliver a legislative update at Saturday’s 8 p.m. closing Banquet, “Building a Pro-Life Future.”
Think about it: 100 sessions over three full days featuring experts at the local, state, and national levels enlightening their audience on topics that run the entire pro-life gamut.
There may be no pro-life speaker more popular than Rep. Smith (R-NJ). Co-chair of the House Pro-Life Caucus. Chris has spoken at many NRLC conventions and never failed to deliver a message of inspiration, motivation, and encouragement.
For those few who may not know the length and breadth of Rep. Smith’s pro-life commitment, he has been involved in the pro-life movement since his days at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey), where he co-founded the Trenton State Pro-Life Committee. Upon graduation, Rep. Smith became executive director of the state right to life organization. He is in his 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives and serves residents in the Fourth Congressional District of New Jersey.
Rep. Smith has been a leader in the advancement of numerous pro-life legislative initiatives, as well as being constantly vigilant in fighting anti-life efforts since he was first sworn into office at age 27. Rep. Smith passionately believes that the most fundamental human right is the right to life, working to protect universal human rights for all both here and abroad. The list of laws he has promoted over the years goes on and on, everything from defending the Hyde Amendment and the Mexico City Policy to passing the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act. The following touches on only a few.
He has authored more than three dozen laws, including the Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Reauthorization Act (H.R. 2820), which was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015, and authorizes $265 million for cord blood and ethical stem cell research and treatment over the next five years. He wrote the first Stem Cell Therapeutic and Research Act of 2005 which established a nationwide program for ethical research and treatment using umbilical cord blood and bone marrow cells.
He is the author of the longstanding amendment prohibiting funding for elective abortion in the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The Smith amendment has been in effect since 1984 with the exception of the first two years of the Clinton administration.
Rep. Smith champions efforts to meet the needs of mothers and their babies domestically and overseas. In this Congress he has held a series of hearings on the importance of nutrition and health care to mothers and babies during the first thousand days of life from conception to age two. His legislation, H.R. 1567, the “Global Food Security Act of 2015” is directed at reducing global poverty and hunger through increased food security and nutrition.
You get the picture–an unwavering leader who makes you proud to be a fellow pro-lifer.
The convention begins two weeks from tomorrow!