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Republicans Speak Up for the Dignity of Unborn Children on House Floor


09.24.21

Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) led debate today in opposition to the Democrats’ radical Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act, H.R. 3755The following are excerpts of Cathy’s remarks and highlights from Republicans standing up for life on the House floor.

Leader Rodgers (R-WA): “Abortion for any reason, at any stage of pregnancy, until birth is NOT the will of the American people.”

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“We have two daughters and a son. Cole, Grace, and Brynn. Cole, now 14, was born with the most common chromosome abnormality, it’s called Down syndrome. When he was born, the doctors gave us a long list of challenges and chances for heartache. I understand the uncertainty, I understand the fear. But I couldn’t imagine my life without Cole. His life is worth living.”

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“Open your minds to science and technology. Look and see the mysteries of the mother’s womb. Open your ears to the cries of the unborn. May hearts break and may we celebrate life. Let’s uphold the value, the dignity, and the potential of every life.”

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY): “[The Abortion on Demand Until Birth Act] allows abortion at any time if the unborn child was diagnosed with anything, such as Down syndrome. It allows abortion at any time solely based on the baby’s biological sex. It allows abortion to occur at any point, including when a baby can feel pain as well as when heartbeat can be detected.”

Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN): “As a nation, we have an obligation to future generations to reject abortion on demand and to fight for life. I implore my colleagues who are here today, join me in opposing this bill and standing for life. The truth is on our side and in the end, the truth is going to prevail.”

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL): “Our nation should be investing in women’s health care and the health care of unborn babies. This bill does the opposite.”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO): “As a woman, as a mom, as a former teacher who worked with hundreds of teenagers and who loves each and every one of them, I rise in opposition to this bill which isn’t about freedom for women. It’s about death for babies.”

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This bill eliminates protections for women and girls facing coercion, neglect, discrimination. It endangers their health and it ends the life of a living human being with a plan and a purpose from God and who deserves to live.”

Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN): “I spent my career in medicine caring for patients regardless of their situations so I take access to health care very seriously. I can assure you that my tiny patients were people.”

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC): “We are a country that up until now has valued life and the majority of Americans still value life, especially the lives of unborn children.”

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI): “This bill is not about health care. It’s an extreme bill that will impose abortion on demand nationwide up until birth and override common sense pro-life laws in the state level.”

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN): “As a pharmacist, I’ve seen countless women who struggle with infertility issues. All they ever wanted was to be able to give birth and to have and to hold those precious children of their own.”

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“I’ve talked to many women who have had abortions. Most of them think about that baby they aborted every day. What would your baby look like? What would your baby have grown up to be? Whom would they have married? How many children would they have had? How could that unborn baby have affected our country or our world? There is such a sorrow that follows these women post-abortion.”

Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN): “History will not look kindly on this Abortion on Demand legislation. Let me be clear, this is not about health care. This goes far beyond the guise of health care. This in fact is infanticide.”

Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN): “It should be called the Abortion on Demand bill because it does nothing to protect women’s health. Rather, it supersedes states’ rights and makes any protection for women and unborn children illegal. This bill will override countless protective state laws like parental notice, clinic regulations, and informed consent before an abortion.”

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ): “For the first time ever by Congressional statute, this legislation would legally enable the death, the violent death, of unborn baby girls and boys by dismemberment, decapitation, forced expulsion from the womb, and deadly poisons for any reason until birth. This bill will nullify every modest pro-life restriction ever enacted by the states.”

Rep. Lisa McClain (R-MI): “For all of us that have children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, this is about them and their rights. I hear us talking about our rights, but what about their rights? Don’t they have a right? Because they have no choice.”

Rep. David Schweikert (R-AZ): “I’m 38 years old and through a series of accidents I get the phone number for my birth mother and I called her. And the first words were just through the tears, [she said] ‘I pray for you every morning. Are you okay? Are you healthy? Are you happy?’ And I’m crying on my side saying, ‘I have a great life. Thank you for letting me live!’”

Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL): “Madame Speaker, I stand before you today the daughter of a single mother, the first in my family to go to college, an individual who just 10 years ago was homeless, and now today a member of Congress. People like me are not supposed to be here. We just don’t make it to quite this level typically. Quite frankly, I’m not even supposed to be here breathing. You see, my mom when she was 27 years old, she suffered a stroke when she was pregnant with my sister. The doctors told her then that she would never be able to have children again. So you can imagine years later when she found herself pregnant with me she was scared and alone and being told by her doctors that she would not only die but that her child would die too, and that she must abort. But my mom did something incredibly brave that day. She made a choice against the advice of her doctors and against the pressure of her own family, and she chose life. My colleagues across the aisle are talking about how our constitutional rights are under attack. I agree. They are because they begin with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE): “This bill would make America the most pro-abortion nation on Earth. It in no way advances the principles of inclusion and equity routinely championed on this floor. It does just the opposite.”

Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-TX): “Years ago, I like many women suffered a miscarriage. I should have been able to hold my son in my arms. But that was not God’s plan. Years later, I still grieve that loss. Not the loss of a generic cluster of cells, but an actual baby. My son had his own unique set of DNA, fingerprints, blood type, and a heartbeat. Every marker that we use to identify a human being. Pregnancy is difficult on a policy and a personal level. But to deny a child is growing inside a woman is nothing more than an inconvenience is to ignore the value of life.”

Rep. Julia Letlow (R-LA): “As a woman and most importantly, a mother of two children, I feel uniquely qualified to speak about this. I’ve experienced first-hand the miracle of life and know the incredible intricacy of how a child is formed in the womb. Intimately knowing the special bond that grows between a mother and a child over those nine months, I do not understand how we could pass this bill. A law that will allow an abortion to be performed up until the actual moment of birth.”

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