By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Editor’s note. The following are Rep. Chris Smith’s full remarks that were shortened for delivery at the January 27 March for Life because there were so many pro-life congressmen and congresswomen who wanted to speak.
Ex-President Obama—the abortion president—did serious harm.
No human rights abuse, however, need be forever.
So, our challenge today is to pray, fast, and tenaciously work to protect women and children from the violence of abortion.
Growing numbers of Americans are shocked to learn that the methods of abortion include dismemberment of a child’s fragile body including decapitation and drugs like RU486 that starve the baby to death prior to his or her forced expulsion from the womb.
The billion-dollar abortion industry cleverly markets the cheap sophistry of choice and reproductive rights while going to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize, and cover-up the battered baby-victim in the womb.
Abortion violence must be replaced with compassion and empathy for women and respect for defenseless children in the womb.
You and I are part of the greatest human rights struggle on earth.
You and I recognize and enthusiastically accept our duty to protect the weakest and most vulnerable and to tangibly assist women in crisis.
You and I are profoundly thankful that President Trump and Vice-President Pence are already accomplishing amazing things including reinstatement and expansion of the Ronald Reagan Mexico City Policy. This new Trump human rights policy ensures that U.S. taxpayer funds to foreign non-government organizations (NGOs) do not perform or promote abortions worldwide.
Unborn children and their mothers everywhere, including in the developing world, are of infinite value so who and what the American taxpayer subsidizes with billions of foreign aid grant dollars matters a great deal.
The Trump executive order will also end taxpayer funding to organizations like the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) for its ongoing support of coercive population control including forced abortion in China—anti-women, anti-child policies that constitute massive crimes against humanity.
You and I also know that at long last, America needs to hear—I mean really hear—the courageous women who are “silent no more”—post-abortive women who have found hope, inner peace, and reconciliation after their abortion but today admonish society to reject the false solution of abortion.
Under the extraordinary leadership of Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers, the House on Tuesday passed HR7—the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion—to make the Hyde Amendment and other riders permanent and to ensure that Obamacare (until repealed) conforms to Hyde.
The Hyde Amendment saves lives. More than twenty peer-reviewed studies show that more than two million people are alive today because of Hyde.
Two million people who would have been aborted instead survived because public funds were unavailable to effectuate their violent demise while their mothers benefitted from prenatal healthcare and support.
Earlier this week, the Marist Poll found that a supermajority of Americans—61%—are against public funding of abortion.
Next up, defunding Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood destroys an unborn child every two minutes and has killed over seven million babies since 1973—a number more than the entire population of the state of Massachusetts or more than ten times the entire population of Washington DC.
Undercover videos have exposed Planned Parenthood leaders gleefully talking about procuring children’s organs for a price.
The most dangerous place in America today for an unborn baby girl or boy is in a Planned Parenthood facility.
Someday future generations of Americans will look back and wonder how and why such a seemingly enlightened society could have permitted over 60 million to be exterminated by abortion, often with government enabling and subsidy.
But history and generations of survivors will note that you stood your ground, you pushed back, and you endured any and every sacrifice, any and every smear, so that the least of these might live.