From the Congressional Record, 1-19-11
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Rep. Roby discusses reaffirming our beliefs and redirecting
ourselves to the cause for life
Mrs. ROBY. Mr. Speaker, 2 weeks ago I took part in a reading of the
U.S. Constitution in this Chamber. It was a fitting tribute to the
great social contract between the American people and our
The Constitution is an exceptional document, and we have all taken
an oath to defend it, and defend it we must. Too often, our
Constitution is under attack by the liberal activist movement that
seeks to achieve through the courts that which they cannot achieve
at the ballot box.
On the front line are the unelected judges that disregard the words
and meaning of the Constitution in favor of their own political and
social views. They decide cases not on the law and the facts but on
the outcome that they alone believe to be the best policy. Roe v.
Wade is an example of this sort of judicial activism at its worst.
Together with other cases, the Roe court created a fundamental right
to abortion even though a simple reading of the Constitution reveals
no such right. As a result, unimaginable harm has occurred.
In the short time that I have talked tonight, another baby has been
aborted. That equals one abortion every 2 minutes, 3,300 abortions a
day, or 1.2 million abortions a year.
Mr. Speaker, I am unapologetically pro-life. I believe that the
miracle of human life begins at conception. I believe that we are
fearfully and wonderfully made, ``knit together'' by God in our
mother's womb. I believe that every American is entitled to basic
human rights. And I believe that I have an obligation to do
everything I can to fight for the unborn, to prevent taxpayer money
from funding abortions, and to protect our democratic system from
the encroachment of an all-powerful judiciary.
Let us use this 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade as an occasion to
reaffirm our beliefs and redirect ourselves to that cause.