Courtesy of Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO)
“Life is beautiful, children are a blessing, and Congress must support women and families as they bring new life into the world.”
Earlier this year, radical legislators across the country have advocated to overturn commonsense protections relating to late-term abortions. Some states have voted on laws that would allow abortions up to the moment of delivery, even if a newborn baby could be born into a doctor’s hands just a moment later. And in New York, Virginia, and other states, politicians are advocating for killing a newborn baby if she or he is deemed “unwanted.”
The reality is that many children in the United States—and across the globe—face neglect, abuse, and the fate of being “unwanted.” Our mission as legislators must be to empower families, pregnant women, and all children, no matter what circumstances they face.
I’m grateful that our party has taken seriously foster care, adoption, and family support services, protecting and supporting children regardless of their background. Last year, a Republican Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act, reforming our foster care system to provide support to struggling families, and reauthorized the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV), which provides support to mothers. We are shining a light on the struggles that young women and families encounter when they become pregnant.
Resources, support, and assistance are all solutions for women; abortion on demand is not. Abortion is a tragedy and a national failure to support women during an incredibly challenging period of life. Sadly, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, even though most Americans want commonsense restrictions on abortion.
But Democrats aren’t listening. Instead, they are fighting not just for late-term abortions—which endanger the health of the mother more than emergency c-sections or delivery—but also infanticide and the killing of newborn infants. To ensure that no child is denied lifesaving medical care, I introduced H.R. 962, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Protecting babies shouldn’t be a partisan issue. In recent polling, almost 70% of Democrats support legislation that would ensure a baby who survives an abortion receives the same medical treatment as any other baby born prematurely.
I will never stop fighting until ending a baby’s life is not just illegal but unthinkable.