Forty Years of Victims' Legacy of Abortion

Floor Speech

Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Abortion


Mr. PEARCE. I thank the gentleman from New Jersey for leading this discussion one more time.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those were the values described by our Founding Fathers. And against that backdrop, we must understand that a Nation is judged the same way that people are judged. We're judged by how we speak for those least able to speak for themselves.

The most fragile in any circumstance are those with no voice at all, the unborn. And on this day, 40 years after a Supreme Court decision, 50 million voices with no representation, no opportunity to speak, how will this Nation be judged? I think the answer is clear. Our Supreme Court at that time expressed conflict on when life began, but today's science leaves no conflict. DNA is established on day one. The heartbeat is visible soon thereafter.

What Nation would put mothers at odds with their unborn children and declare it to be a matter of choice? This is no matter of choice; it's a constitutional question of protection of life. It's a value that--our Founding Fathers would blanch at our definition today. They would have no concept that we would have these discussions.

But the hope lies ahead of us because the younger generations are seeing the technological replays of the unborn and know that it's more than a mass of tissue. Their standing in greater numbers on behalf of life, as is every one of us who are speaking here today.

May God bless this Nation as we seek to protect the unborn.