Dozens of Congressmen speak out against Roe v. Wade
Nearly two dozen pro-life lawmakers took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Roe v. Wade Wednesday, just one week before the 41st anniversary of the infamous ruling, which legalized abortion throughout America, reports LifeSiteNews.
Led by Rep. Chris Smith, R-NJ, 21 Republicans and a lone Democrat offered speeches commemorating the more than 55 million lives ended by abortion since 1973, urging Congress to pass stronger laws to protect the unborn, and calling on the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Slamming what he described as the “infamous, reckless and inhumane abandonment of women and babies to abortionists” by the Supreme Court, Smith argued that abortion supporters who celebrate Roe v. Wade are celebrating “41 years of victims: dead babies, wounded women, shattered families.”
“Since 1973,” Smith said, “more than 56 million children have been killed by abortion – a staggering loss of children’s precious lives, a death toll that equates with the entire population of England.”
Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ, called the years since Roe v. Wade the “Crimson Tragedy” and drew parallels between legalized abortion and slavery, genocide and other large-scale atrocities in America and around the world.
“It has now been 41 years since the tragedy called Roe v. Wade was first handed down,” Franks said. “Since then…the very foundation of our nation has been stained by the blood of almost 56 million of its own unborn children. Many of them cried and screamed as they died, but because it was amniotic fluid going over the vocal cords instead of air, we couldn’t hear them.”
“Historically, great intensity has surrounded debates over protecting the lives of those who, through no fault of their own, find themselves obscured in the shadows of humanity,” Franks said. “But it encourages me greatly that, in nearly all of those cases, the collective conscience of this nation eventually shifted, and when we focused on the humanity of the victim, and the inhumanity of what was being done to them, our hearts began to change.”