By Dave Andrusko
We’ve gratefully reposted a commentary that Rep. Chris Smith, a personal hero of mine, wrote for the Washington Times— “Pregnancy resource centers must not be excluded from government funding.”
Smith, Co-Chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, was first elected in 1980 and is currently in his 22nd two-year term serving the 4th Congressional District of New Jersey. His passion to protect babies—and their mothers– is second to none.
The breadth of Rep. Smith’s commitment to human rights and religious freedom can be seen in his choice of committees that he chairs or serves on.
According to his official biography, Smith “is Chairman of its Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations Subcommittee. Smith also serves as the Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Chairman of the bipartisan House/Senate/White House Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and as ‘Special Representative’ on Human Trafficking for the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.”
Rep. Smith is blunt in his speeches in committee, on the floor, and in the commentaries he writes. For example, in the aforementioned Washington Times commentary, he writes that as pro-lifers
We reject the violence of abortion — dismemberment, child beheadings and abortion pills that literally starve the unborn baby to death.
Not a syllable in those 20 words is false. Which is why Rep. Smith is such a powerful orator. He touches even the hardest of hearts and forces them—if just for a moment—to squarely confront their consciences.
We too often talk about abortion as if it were an abstraction, as if almost 900,00 babies annually are not poisoned, not starved to death, and not beheaded. We could abide what we are doing to the littlest Americans only if we look away—refuse to look at what we are doing and to whom.
Finally, in his Washington Times commentary, Rep. Smith concludes
The pro-abortion culture of denial — a modern-day flat earth society — denies, devalues and disrespects unborn children and trivializes the harm suffered by women.
The United States and the world must more fully recognize the breathtaking miracle of the newly created life of an unborn child and that women deserve better than abortion.