From the Congressional Record, 1-19-11
Adoption Not Abortion
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Mr. HUELSKAMP. Thank you, Congressman. I would like to recognize the
longtime efforts of Congressman Chris Smith in defending life. I
have watched from afar for many years, and it's a real treasure for
the opportunity to speak here tonight and join his efforts and, in
my opinion, and in the opinion of many other Americans, one of the
greatest, greatest tragedies in the history of our Nation has been
the direct death and the direct murder of more than 50 million
Americans since 1973. Far too often, too many women, too many
families turn to abortion as the only option when they discover they
are unexpectedly pregnant.
Situations exist that make the thought of being responsible, perhaps
for another life, overwhelming to say the least.
But abortion is not the only option available to these women and to
their families. My wife and I have had the joy and privilege of
adopting four children, and two of those children are from the
country of Haiti and two of the others were already Americans.
Incidentally, my oldest, when she was young, she didn't believe that
babies arrived via stork, they arrived on airplanes, because our
second two children were picked up at the airport.
But that reminds me of another story, a 5-year-old. She said,
``Daddy, can't we tell them to do adoption, not abortion?'' Yes, we
can, and that's the message I would like to make sure we share
tonight because supporting adoption is often the neglected, the
unreported side of the pro-life coin.
If we are going to encourage women and families not to abort their
babies we need to offer alternatives. And all across this country,
there are thousands and thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of men
and women that are adopting children, that are offering their
services, particularly through local crisis pregnancy centers, and
offering opportunities for the children and for women and for their
And I know, literally, there are millions of Americans today that
are waiting for a child, that are awaiting a child, and I would even
more strongly encourage other Americans to consider adoption.
Let me speak directly to those that might be considering abortion:
There are alternatives. There are opportunities. There are caring
Americans that would love, would love to participate in adoption and
would love to provide assistance.
I am also a proud cosponsor of No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion. The
leading abortion provider in the country, and these, Mr. Speaker,
are really stark statistics, in the last year available, Planned
Parenthood of America, in 2008, they performed, they committed, they
slaughtered more than 324,000 little girls and little boys across
this country, 324,008 abortions. They only participated in 2,405
adoptions; 324,000 abortions, less than 2,500 adoptions. There are
other opportunities, there are other options. Adoption is the
I would ask that we consider to defund an industry that is not
concerned with the women, not concerned with the families.
But let's turn our attention towards those across America that have
given their hearts and homes and opened them up to our youngest
members of society.