Editor’s note. The following are Rep. Chris Smith’s remarks to the 2023 March for Life Rally on the National Mall. Rep. Smith is Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.
“Thank you, Jeanne!
What a glorious day!
It is so inspiring to see all of you gathered here today in support of in the most critical human rights issue of our day—protection of the unborn child from the violence of abortion and assistance for his or her mother.
I attended the first March for Life in 1974 as the leader of my college pro-life group; my wife first attended in 1975.
In 1981, I attended the March for the first time as a pro-life Member of Congress.
Countless times we chanted the slogan, “Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Roe v Wade has got to go”, and today we celebrate—Roe is gone!
The infamous holdings in Roe v Wade and Casey were reversed by the brilliant Dobbs decision written by Justice Alito—conveying to lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels the authority to regulate or prohibit abortion.
Behind me are some of the most dedicated pro-life Members of Congress.
Last week in the House, we passed a bill to protect children born alive during an abortion as well as a resolution to demand that terroristic acts against pregnancy care centers, churches and pro-life offices be investigated and the perpetrators of this violence be prosecuted.
And in the coming weeks, the House will vote on the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act—the latest Knight-Marist poll shows that 60% of Americans oppose using tax dollars to fund abortion domestically.
A new national debate on abortion has begun as lawmakers on the state level act quickly to protect children in the womb when a heartbeat can be detected at around 6 weeks or when the child suffers excruciating physical pain from the abortion procedure at 15 weeks.
A number of local elected representatives are establishing pro-life sanctuary cities.
Regrettably, the pro-abortion culture of denial—a modern-day flat earth society— continues to deny, devalue and disrespect unborn baby girls and boys and trivialize the harm suffered by women.
The United States—and the world—must recognize the breathtaking miracle of the newly created life of an unborn child and that women deserve better than abortion.
We need to care and love them both.
Future generations will someday look back on us and wonder how and why a society that bragged about its commitment to human rights could have legally sanctioned and aggressively promoted child beheadings, dismemberment, chemical poisoning, and forced expulsion from the womb.
The injustice of abortion need not be forever and with your continued work and prayers, it will not be.”