We are just hours away from thousands marching for life. This week marks 44 years since the Supreme Court’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized on-demand abortion in the United States. While many abortion activists celebrate this anniversary, it represents a particularly sad and somber occasion for those of us who are pro-life advocates. Since that 1973 ruling, more than 58 million unborn children in this country have had their lives ended by abortion.
It’s no secret that I am unapologetically pro-life, and during my time in Congress I have prioritized fighting on behalf of the unborn. I believe building a culture that truly values life requires us to assign better protections for unborn children under the law. In doing this, we will cultivate a greater respect for life within our society.
We have focused our efforts on fighting to prohibit federal tax dollars from being used to subsidize abortions. That’s why this week I’m proud to join my fellow pro-life colleagues in passing H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This bill extends a long-standing provision forbidding the use of federal dollars to fund abortion through Obamacare insurance policies and government programs like Medicaid.
This and other pro-life legislative efforts in the House have met uphill battles that conservatives have ultimately lost for the last six years. The abortion industry had fierce allies in Senate Democrats and the Obama Administration, thus many worthy and hard-fought pro-life initiatives met the same unfortunate fate. With a unified Republican government now seated, I hope our prospects have changed for the better.
We are certainly off to a positive start. On just the second day of his presidency, President Donald Trump issued an executive order reinstating former President Ronald Reagan’s “Mexico City” policy blocking federal funding for international nongovernmental organizations that provide or promote abortions.
For the pro-life community, this long overdue action was a welcome sign that the Trump Administration will be a powerful ally in the fight to increase protections for the unborn.
There are many policy improvements to pursue – reasonable limits on abortions after five months of pregnancy, stopping the shell game of Title X funding at Planned Parenthood, improving access to adoption services, and more – but a great place to start is passing H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. It is our enduring responsibility to defend the unborn, and it is imperative that we get this right.