By Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ)
Editor’s note. These remarks were delivered in the U.S. House of Representatives during debate on HR 8296—July 15, 2022. They can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=0naWZaAgmyM.
According to the January 2022 Marist Poll, only 17% of Americans believe that “abortion should be available to a woman any time she wants one during her entire pregnancy.”
And when Americans were asked in a late June Harvard Harris nationwide poll: “do you think your state should allow abortions up to nine months” only 10% said “yes”.
H.R. 8296 would legally authorize and enable the violent death of unborn baby girls and boys by dismemberment, beheading, forced expulsion from the womb, deadly poisons, or other methods at any time, for any reason, until birth.
Don’t believe it? Read Section 4.
This bill is far outside the American mainstream and goes far beyond Roe v Wade.
Abortion is not health care unless one construes the precious life of an unborn child to be analogous to a tumor to be excised or a disease to be vanquished.
This legislation constitutes an existential threat to unborn children.
If enacted, this bill will nullify almost every pro-life restriction ever enacted by the states including parental involvement laws in 37 states and pain capable unborn child protection laws in 19 states.
For decades, abortion advocates have gone to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize and cover-up the battered baby-victim.
But today, thanks to ultrasound, unborn babies are more visible than ever before.
Today science informs us that birth is an event—albeit an important one—but not the beginning of life.
Modern medicine today also treats unborn children with disability or disease as a patient in need of diagnosis and treatment—not death by abortion.
Unborn babies are society’s youngest patients and deserve benign life affirming medical interventions—not medicines that kill.
The weakest and most vulnerable—unborn babies—deserve our respect, empathy, protection and love.