Editor’s note. Last week pro-life Republican Members of the House devoted an entire hour to speeches commemorating this week’s 47th anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade decision. We will repost them all. We’ve reposted seven thus far. Today we are reposting the remarks of Reps. John Rose, Ron Wright, and Jim Baird. (accompanied by YouTube videos).
Rep. Ron Wright (R-TX)
Mr. Speaker, I want to thank Congressman SMITH for his incredible leadership on the life issue in the Congress.
Mr. Speaker, 47 years ago the moral and religious fabric of the United States was tragically torn. As a result of the Roe v. Wade decision, 61 million unborn children have lost their lives, and millions of women and families have been torn apart by abortion. I promised my constituents that I would be a voice for the voiceless in Washington, and I have no intention of breaking that promise.
Over the past year my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have time and time again blocked legislation that protects the unborn and women’s health. Last year we saw lawmakers block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act over 80 times, explicitly endorsing infanticide.
A number of important pro-life bills have been introduced in this Congress, including, as Mr. SMITH mentioned, my Teleabortion Prevention Act and the Child Custody Protection Act that protects young women who are being taken across State lines for an abortion. Both have been stalled by partisan politics.
We also saw lawmakers in New York and Virginia cheer legislation that would allow abortions in the ninth month of pregnancy when most babies are viable. This is an outrage. Protecting the voiceless unborn is one of the most significant contributions we can make in our lives, and we, as a nation, need to get back to protecting it.