Fighting to Protect Life
“Gradually, though no one remembers exactly how it happened, the unthinkable becomes tolerable. And then acceptable. And then legal. And then applaudable.” - Joni Eareckson Tada
There is nothing more sacred, and no greater gift from God, than life. But across the country, we’re seeing exactly that happen, through attacks on the sanctity of life. New York recently passed a law allowing doctors to perform abortion at any point in the pregnancy when there is “an absence of fetal viability,” which includes abortions well after the child has a heartbeat, is capable of feeling pain, and can survive outside the womb.
A Virginia lawmaker just introduced legislation allowing abortion at any point in the pregnancy, including as the woman is giving birth. VA Governor Ralph Northam defended the legislation in a radio interview shortly after the legislation was introduced, saying that the “infant would be kept comfortable” while the mother and doctor discussed what to do.
It’s unfathomable that we even need to have this conversation- that we must clarify that “aborting” a baby after birth is actually infanticide.
In Congress, we’re working on over a dozen pieces of legislation to protect life. This week, we introduced the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires immediate medical attention for a baby born alive during an attempt to abort. We’ve also introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood, prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat is detectable, and stop Planned Parenthood from sending aborted children’s remains to landfills. And we will keep fighting to protect life, because there is nothing more important.
Condemning North Korean Prison Camps
Today, Congressman Gerry Connolly and I reintroduced a resolution condemning the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s labor camp system, and calling upon DPRK leadership to dismantle it.
Egregious crimes against humanity are taking place in labor camps across North Korea. Innocent individuals are sent to these prison camps for any reason from listening to pop music to holding Christian beliefs. Once imprisoned, these individuals are murdered, exterminated in mass, tortured, subjected to sexual violence, and forced into intense labor, designed to kill. Women are frequently raped and impregnated by prison guards, and then beaten to induce abortion. While it’s difficult to acknowledge these unthinkable cruelties still exist in our world, it’s absolutely critical that we stand up against the human rights violations taking place in North Korea today.
Telephone Town Hall
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