The Pro-Life Caucusby Representative Ann Wagner
Posted on 2014-01-15
WAGNER. Thank you very much. I thank the gentleman for yielding
and for organizing this Special Order. There is no greater defender of
the unborn than Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, and I thank
for all that you do every single day for all of us.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of life. One week from today, sadly, is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in this country in ROE v. WADE. Even though the House will not be in session next week, I will be here to join many of my constituents as we march on the Mall. The first time that I marched on the Mall in support of the unborn, I was a 28-year-old pregnant mother pregnant with my second son, Stephen. I will be honored to march again in the Mall in memory this time, sadly, of the 56 million abortions that have taken place since that dreadful day 41 years ago.
That is roughly one-fifth of the United States population whom we will never know. We will never derive the contributions to society that these nameless angels could have brought to the world. Even worse is the emotional and the physical pain that millions of women have endured in the days, months, and years after their abortion.
Forty-one years after ROE v. WADE, I am heartbroken for the pain this decision has caused over the years; but I am also hopeful and I am inspired, inspired by the many young people who energized this movement who will join us next week on the Mall in Washington, D.C., whom I will be very pleased to host and to lift up. I am energized that this movement will have these young people standing beside me, and I stand beside them next week when we march, and together we will continue to work towards the day when abortion is not only illegal but it is unthinkable.