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Thursday, January 20, 2022

OPINION:

Pro-lifers march for life in Washington D.C. and throughout the country with fresh hope and heightened expectations.

By at least affirming the constitutionality of Mississippi’s law to prohibit elective abortion after 15 weeks—the Supreme Court may finally take a powerful step towards inclusion, respect and justice for the weakest and most vulnerable nearly fifty years after Roe. 


In 1973, the Supreme Court abandoned women and babies to the multi-billion-dollar abortion industry, and almost 63.5 million unborn children have been killed — a staggering loss of children’s lives that is more than the entire population of Italy. 

Today, after decades of noble struggle and sacrifice, pro-life Americans are hopeful that government-sanctioned violence against children and the exploitation of women by abortion is nearing an end — although, in a very real way, the struggle to defend innocent human life now enters a critically important new phase. 

The federal government and the states may soon have new authority to protect.

Protection for unborn children is at the tipping point.

In 2022, the Supreme Court can begin dismantling the culture of death it has imposed on America.

For decades, right up to this very moment, abortion advocates have gone to extraordinary lengths to ignore, trivialize, and cover up the battered baby victim. 

With stolid resolve, they defend the indefensible.

Why does dismembering a child with sharp knives, pulverizing a child with powerful suction devices, or chemically poisoning a baby with any number of toxic chemicals — one method euphemistically called medical abortion — fail to elicit so much as a scintilla of empathy, mercy or compassion from the so-called pro-choice crowd?

Have the physical and emotional consequences to women been underreported?

Why are children born alive during some late-term abortions not given the same standard of care and respect as premature infants born at the same age?

President Joe Biden understands the gruesome reality of abortion—this injustice—or at least he once did.

As Senator, Mr. Biden wrote to constituents explaining his support for the Hyde Amendment prohibiting taxpayer funding for elective abortion. He said it would “protect both the woman and her unborn child….” 

He stated at the time, “I have consistently—on no fewer than 50 occasions—voted against federal funding of abortions…those of us who are opposed to abortion should not be compelled to pay for them.”

Today, a radically different, almost unrecognizable Mr. Biden has weaponized the entire federal bureaucracy to aggressively promote abortion on demand at home and overseas, including a full-court press to force taxpayers to fund abortion on demand — including repeal of the Hyde Amendment. 

Last September, Mr. Biden said, “it has never been more important to codify this constitutional right” and conveyed to Congress a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) pledging to sign a House-passed bill which would not only codify abortion on demand until birth but would nullify nearly every modest pro-life restriction ever enacted by the states. This would include women’s right-to-know laws in 35 states, parental involvement statutes in 37 states, pain-capable unborn child protection laws in 19 states, waiting periods in 26 states, and more.

By his words and deeds, Mr. Biden is the ‘Abortion President.’

All of this, however, comes at a time when ultrasound imaging has made unborn babies more visible and with greater clarity than ever before and when breakthrough research has now found that unborn children can feel pain at 15 weeks gestational age—and maybe earlier.

Today, modern medicine treats an ever-increasing number of unborn children with disability or diseases as patients in need of diagnosis and life-enhancing treatments before birth. 

Unborn babies are society’s youngest patients and deserve protection, not death by abortion.

Science informs us that birth is merely an event — albeit a very important one — in a child’s life. It is not the beginning of their life. 

The right to life—the first human right—must be guaranteed to everyone regardless of race, age, sex, disability, stage of development, or condition of dependency. Life is not just for the planned, the privileged, and the perfect. 

• Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey is serving his 21st term in the House of Representatives and is Co-Chairman of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. 


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