Rep. Schilling discusses the importance of the cause for life
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Mr. SCHILLING. Thank you, Representative Smith, for the opportunity
to speak during this Special Order subject of life. Today I stand to
speak for those who can't speak for themselves. As a father of 10,
life is a big issue at my house. After the Presidential election, my
daughter, Rachel, came to me and my wife and looked at me with tears
in her eyes and said, hey, Daddy, who is going to protect the unborn
children? That was a big part of why I chose to run for Congress,
along with all the other things.
Today, I was proud to become an original cosponsor of the No
Taxpayer Funds for Abortion Act. When we look at the taxpayer funds
that are going to be available for abortion, even some of my
pro-choice friends disagree with taxpayer funding of abortion.
This bill is very important. It makes permanent the Hyde amendment,
the Helms amendment and the Dornan amendment. One of the things one
of my colleagues spoke about a little bit, Tim, earlier was speaking
about looking at adoption as an alternative to abortion.
A story that sticks in my mind today is I went to a crisis pregnancy
center in Boling, Illinois, and these are folks who encounter crisis
pregnancies. And the lady was telling me the story of a young lady
who was going in for an abortion. She thought she would come in and
get a little more information. They did a sonogram, and the baby was
laying still. It was down towards the end of the sonogram, and all
of a sudden that baby just came to life and put on a show for mom.
That brought a tear to my eye when I heard that story.
When you look at life, without life, we have nothing. A big reason
that I am pro-life is that when we look at all of the doctors, all
of the people who could invent something for this great Nation, I
remember growing up in 1973 when this became legal, it was
considered a blob of tissue. Today we pull them out by their feet
first to save the life of the mother when the mother's life is in
danger. And I just can't even imagine what transpires there, and
sometimes don't want to.
But I believe that as Americans, we need to defend life to its
fullest. I believe life begins at conception and it ends at our
natural death. I have talked to people who have had an abortion. The
hurt goes on with women who have had abortions. I think we need to
focus in on educating folks and giving them that alternative. And
maybe every Planned Parenthood out there should have to do sonograms
maybe even in a 3D series.
I really do appreciate an issue that is near and dear to my heart,
and I really do thank the Congressman here for putting this event
together and look forward to serving in the House of Representatives