Editor’s note. Last week pro-life Republican Members of the House devoted an entire hour to speeches commemorating next week’s 47th anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade decision. We will repost them all. Last Thursday we began by posting the introductory remarks delivered by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.). On Friday we posted the speeches of Reps. Jim Banks, Martha Robey, and Andy Harris. Today we are reposting the remarks of Reps. Ralph Norman, Mike Johnson, and Brian Babin (accompanied by YouTube videos).
Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA)
Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding a moment. Mr. Speaker, here we are again, marking this tragic anniversary as we do every year. The reason we have such sorrow and such a burden is because it is such an unspeakable sorrow what has happened to nearly 60 million innocent, unborn children in this country.
Our Nation’s birth certificate is the Declaration of Independence, and it states succinctly what has been known as the American creed, and we know it by heart: ‘‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’’ The Founders recognized life first among those inalienable rights because they acknowledged that we are made in the image of a holy God, and because of that, there are some very, very serious implications that follow.
It means every single human life has inestimable dignity and value. And our value is not related in any way to our socioeconomic status, the color of our skin, what ZIP Code we live in, how talented we may be, or what we can contribute to society. Our value is inherent, because, as our Founders acknowledged, it is given to us by our creator.
Roe v. Wade tragically defied that American creed, and it has resulted, as we said, in the murder of more than 60 million innocent American children.
How can we stand by and allow this to happen? We can’t, and we will not.
And I will just say this in the very brief moment that I have. Tonight we will continue to pray, we will continue to work, we will continue to legislate, we will continue to litigate, and we will continue to march and stand for women and children and the sanctity of every single human life until the promise of our Nation’s birth certificate is realized.