Excerpts from STATEMENT AT THE 2008 MARCH FOR LIFE
U.S. Senator Sam Brownback read the following letter on behalf of
John McCain at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. on the 35th
Anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Decision.
Dear Fellow Pro-Lifers,
I join you today in marking the 35th anniversary of the tragic Roe vs.
Wade decision made on January 22, 1973. I salute you for taking the time
to show that the cause of Life is alive and well in the hearts of
millions of Americans.
As a prisoner of war at the hands of a communist dictatorship, I saw
firsthand the perils faced when human dignity and human life are not
Whenever the value of one class of persons is not respected whether they
are unborn, handicapped, and elderly; the dignity of all mankind is
For this reason, I have been a strong supporter of the right to life
movement since I was first elected to Congress in 1982. As the father of
seven children, two of which were adopted, my wife Cindy and I
understand how every child has a value which can never be calculated or
cheapened. Every child literally alters the course of human history.
America stands for an ideal that all people are endowed by their Creator
with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I
know what it is like to live without those rights, and I have an
obligation to advocate them wherever they are denied: in Bosnia or
Burma, in Cuba or the Middle East; and in our own country when we fail
to respect the inherent dignity of all human life, born or unborn. That
is why I am pro-life.
While our nation struggles with the issue of abortion and the division
it has wrought on our society and culture, Americans on both sides of
this debate should agree that the proper solution for this debate to be
settled is through the democratic process, not through judicial dictate.
Seven judges in 1973 took the issue of abortion on themselves to settle
this issue for every American, in all fifty states. They assured us that
by sheer judicial will and power, the question of a so-called right to
abortion was settled' and that our society would now arrive at a shared
consensus by virtue of their ruling.
They were wrong to make this assumption. Your presence in Washington
today marching for Life proves just how wrong they were.
I pledge to you to be a loyal and unswerving friend of the right to life
movement. The pro-life movement appeals to the best instincts within
each and every one of us. In that regard, our pro-life cause will
ultimately be successful.
Thank you for the opportunity to speak to you today and please be
assured of my best wishes and prayers for all those who labor for the
cause of Life.
United States Senator