Protecting Life Is “A Defining Human Rights Issue of Our Time”
January 25, 2013
Today, Speaker Boehner delivered a brief video message to participants in the 40th annual March for Life, which is taking place on the National Mall.
Boehner, who last year became the first Speaker to address the March, talked about how defending life is a generational commitment that we should encourage young people to join:
“Defending life, of course, is about much more than voting the right way or saying the right things. It’s about promoting a culture of life. It’s about understanding that abortion is a defining human rights issue of our time. Because human life is not an economic or political commodity, and no government on Earth has the right to treat it as such.
“With all that’s at stake, it is becoming more and more important for us to share this truth with our young people, to encourage them to lock arms, speak out for life, and help make abortion a relic of the past. Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year.”
Speaker Boehner also paid tribute to Nellie Gray, the March’s founder, who passed away last summer. “Now it’s up to us to be her voice,” Speaker Boehner said, “to commit ourselves to doing everything we can to protect the sanctity of life.”
“For the new Congress, that means bringing together a bipartisan pro-life majority and getting to work. In accordance with the will of the people, we will again work to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, formally codifying the Hyde Amendment.”
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"bipartisan pro-life majority" ?? Mr. Speaker of the House, I take offense that as man you find it "in accordance with the will of the people" to end the Hyde Amendment.. It is not the will of the people, it is the will of the Republican Party! If human life is not an economic or political commodity, as you stated in your address. Who then, would provide the economic support of food, housing and medical coverage? The state or YOU? Mr. Speaker, I feel your "pro-birth" NOT "pro-choice" and there IS a difference.
If you had to carry a child, you wouldn't feel this way, and neither does the majority of this country. The acts carried out by some states are cruel and inhuman.
Women's reproductive rights are none of the government's business and certainly not the most important item that should be on the House's agenda.
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