By Rep. Chris Smith K (R-NJ)
Editor’s note. These stirring remarks were on video and seen by attendees to the 52nd National Right to Life Convention
Special thanks to the National Right to Life Committee and your state affiliates—and each and every one of you meeting at the 52nd annual convention in Pittsburgh—for your extraordinary perseverance, courage, compassion, and above all, love for the weakest and most vulnerable.
Time and again, the Washington, DC leadership of NRLC led so effectively by President Carol Tobias has made the difference with strategy, bill text. and the mobilization of the grass roots.
The many gains achieved for life over the years would not have been possible without you.
Similarly, without you, the dangerous plans of our opponents would not have been stopped dead in their tracks.
Dobbs is the game changer—and God-willing, the beginning of the end of
the culture of death.
It is an engraved invitation to policy makers at every level including Congress and the President to protect unborn children from the violence of abortion.
The sacred burden to double down on our vital life-saving work has never been clearer.
As we all know far too well, the purveyors of death have aggressively fostered a culture of denial, disrespect and bias against babies and have employed an endless array of deceitful tactics designed to trivialize and mask an ugly reality.
There is nothing humane or benign about abortion. Abortion is not healthcare, unless one construes the precious life of an unborn child analogous to a tumor to be excised or a disease to be vanquished.
Many states like my state of New Jersey have enacted extremist laws that legally sanction the killing a baby for any reason whatsoever right up to the moment of birth.
Before Republicans took control, the House twice passed radical legislation to permit abortion-on demand until birth while simultaneously eviscerating every pro-life policy achieved over the past 50 years.
President Biden—the Abortion President—has made it absolutely clear that he is eager to sign it into law. We can’t let that happen.
On the positive side, fourteen states post-Dobbs ban abortion while others have enacted laws to prohibit abortions at 6 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks, 18 weeks and 20 weeks. Another 8 states have new protections that have been blocked by lower courts, and we hope they will be sustained.
Finally, you have—and continue to—to educate a nation, always believing that truth well-presented shatters pro-abortion myth and hyperbole.
Because you care so much—and sacrifice so much—millions of children and their mothers have been spared the agony of abortion.
Because you care so much—and sacrifice so much—millions of women who have had abortions have discovered the peace that surpasses all understanding and experienced profound reconciliation through faith in our amazing God.