The Missing Generation
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Mr. LAMBORN. Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the leadership of my
friend and colleague, Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey. He
is such a leader in this vital area of life. All who are pro-life in
Congress look up to him.
Mr. Speaker, my heart breaks when I think about the children who
are now a part of a missing generation, a generation whose
contributions to society we will never fully know, a generation
whose lives could have inspired their families, Nation, and world
had they been allowed to live. Our society now discriminates against
these tiny human beings, who should receive the same protections as
Not only does abortion strip the world of human lives; it also
dramatically affects the lives of mothers, leaving them to deal with
the emotional aftermath of this brutal procedure. I commend the work
of pregnancy care centers across the country that provide needed
services to both mothers and their children.
Today I mourn the over 50 million American lives cut short by
abortion since Roe v. Wade and pray that God continues to heal those
touched by this tragic practice. I will remain steadfast in the
fight for the rights and dignity of the unborn. Every human deserves
the opportunity to live, and I will always fight to guard the rights
of the unborn. I am dedicated to protecting the sanctity of human
life, from the unborn to the elderly.
Like a majority in the House today, I made good on a campaign
promise and voted to repeal the job-destroying health care law known
as ObamaCare. There were many reasons for my vote to repeal, but one
of my main reasons was that the bill did not adequately protect
life. You will recall President Obama signed a well-intended, but
ineffective, executive order stating that no Federal tax dollars
could be used for abortions under ObamaCare. We need that commitment
written into law. That is what I will fight for.
Tomorrow, the House will vote on a resolution directing the
appropriate House committees to start working on legislation to
replace ObamaCare with patient-centered commonsense reforms.
Like many Americans, I want to see health care reform that, among
other things, includes statutory language prohibiting taxpayer
funding of abortions and provides conscience protections for health
care providers. During my time in Congress, I have sponsored,
cosponsored, or supported many bills related to protecting the
unborn, the family and traditional values.
One such bill I supported last Congress was H.R. 227, the
Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that the right to life
guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being and
that life begins at conception. I became an original cosponsor of
similar legislation, H.R. 212, which was just introduced.
Additionally, I am a member of the Values Action Team and the
Pro-Life Caucus. Through these groups I work with my pro-life
colleagues in Congress to advance legislation and initiatives that
support life and family.
One day in the future, and I don't know soon or how long it may
take, I believe with all my heart that this country will have a
renewal of respect for life, including for the unborn.