By Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah)
Editor’s note. The following is excerpted from Rep. Mia Love’s remarks at today’s March for Life.
Forty-one years ago, a struggling couple arrived in America. They left their country and trusted their two children, which they wouldn’t see for another five years, in the care of family members to come here, to the land of opportunity. It was inconvenient for them to find out that they were pregnant with their third because both had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Some would say it would’ve been easier for them to have an abortion, but this couple had to make a difficult choice — protect the life of their child or always wonder what might’ve been.
John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, “Of all the sad words of the tongue or the pen, the saddest are these, ‘it might have been.’” Each child born and unborn has the potential to open up our world and take us to places and spaces we have never imagined.
Each living child carries with him or her, the potential for greatness. A child born today may become a doctor that cures cancer or Alzheimer’s. That child may be the astronaut that takes the world to Mars or a CEO that leads a global business. That child may become a friend that saves a peer from suicide, or a mom who strengthens her family, a neighbor that volunteers and eradicate hunger, or a teacher who inspires a struggling student. Every time we kill a child through abortion, we kill our potential.
Every time we kill a child, we — all of us–suffer. We lose a little of ourselves and a whole lot of our future. We strip a child from their God-given potential when we, as a society, accept abortion as health care.
My fellow Americans, we won’t know what might’ve been if we allow an organization to convince pregnant women that they have no choice, but to abort the life and the potential within them. …
Instead of listening to the haunting refrains of what might’ve been, we must instead focus on what is to come.
During the other march in Washington last week, I saw the picture of a young black teenage girl in the crowd, who was holding a sign that said, “I survived Roe v. Wade.”
That young woman beat the odds and was born into a world that too far often favors the abortion of a black girl instead of the life of a black girl. …
I can’t wait to see what she and thousands like her become in the years ahead. She may be our astronaut. She may be that doctor that cures cancer. She may be a mother, a teacher, a daughter, and a friend. She represents what is our what is to come.
Forty-one years ago, that couple from Haiti could’ve made the choice to abort, but they didn’t. They chose life. They didn’t choose what might’ve been. They chose what is to come. They went and followed and fostered that life and the futures and the dreams that baby would bring.
I’m certain that couple never would’ve thought that that child would become the first black female Republican ever elected to Congress.
More than that, they would’ve never dreamed that she would grow up to fight for all children and those yet to be born.
We all have talents, we all have gifts, and we all have a purpose, and all of this for the benefit of us in our society. All we are asking is that we no longer settle for what might’ve been. We embrace the possibilities of that life to come.
The life of those unborn have the potential and deserve the chance, because they will dream, they will create, they will add their colors to our fabric of our lives. May God bless women that are struggling with unplanned pregnancies.
May we love them. May we embrace them and may we help them discover their power and their potential, but may we never, ever allow our funds to pay for the death of young children.
May God spare them. May God bless you for being here today and May God bless our pro-life United States of America.