Forty Years of Victims’ Legacy of Abortionby Representative Mike Pompeo
Posted on 2013-01-22
POMPEO. Today, I stand here on the 40th anniversary of one of the
worst decisions of our United States Supreme Court. It was deeply
flawed. Too many Justices spoke of emanations of penumbras but missed
the core principle contained in the Constitution: this notion that
every human being is endowed with this special dignity that we call
The cost of that decision has been enormous: 55 million souls were not brought into this world. We can feel it in families torn asunder and in lives that didn't get to become the next great leaders in our Nation. These lives were lost to each of us. They're lost to the families. They're lost to our community. They're lost to their Maker.
But I want to talk today about hope. Ever since this decision in 1973, there's been a march. And I was in the Army. When you march, you march to victory. We've had this special march. We'll have this march again this week. We'll have it in Kansas. Kansas has a very special relationship to this march.
In 1991, in Wichita, Kansas, the city which I represent, we held the Summer of Mercy, where people came together in peace to talk about these lives that should have been protected but had not been. And this week, the airlines permitting, I'll be back to watch young people from all across south central Kansas board buses bound for Washington, D.C. I'll see them off from churches and cathedrals and synagogues, folks coming to Washington, D.C., to once again march on this town to demand that we do everything we can in our power here in Washington, D.C., to protect every human life.
I'm very proud of the rich history and the contribution that the citizens of the Fourth District of Kansas have made to this movement. It is certainly important to me as a matter of faith. But as a matter of science, we have [[Page H211]] this one right as well. We must protect every unborn life. I'm dedicated to doing so. I look forward to being with that next generation, these young people coming to Washington, D.C., so this fight can continue.