Budd: Fights In Favor Of Life

The good news is that the pro-life movement has made progress over the last few years, even if it’s just marginal. Crazy as this sounds, twenty years ago it would have been nearly impossible to get Congress to vote on banning abortion after twenty weeks - the point at which science tells us a baby can feel pain. One of the votes I’m most proud to have taken last year was one that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. This common sense “Pain Capable” bill passed through the House with 237 votes and now, like many other promising bills, sits in the Senate awaiting action.

Early last year, Mia Love, who’s a representative from Utah, made a heartfelt speech that describes how her parents - Haitian immigrants - made the tough decision to not abort her. "Forty-one years ago that couple from Haiti could have made the choice to abort, but they didn't.”

The good news is that the pro-life movement has made progress over the last few years, even if it’s just marginal. Crazy as this sounds, twenty years ago it would have been nearly impossible to get Congress to vote on banning abortion after twenty weeks - the point at which science tells us a baby can feel pain. One of the votes I’m most proud to have taken last year was one that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. This common sense “Pain Capable” bill passed through the House with 237 votes and now, like many other promising bills, sits in the Senate awaiting action.

Another sign of progress for the pro-life movement are the multiple bills we passed in the House to completely defund Planned Parenthood. The latest report from Planned Parenthood for 2015 shows that they performed over 320,000 abortions in one year alone. This is downright evil, and I have one simple question: how many innocent lives does Planned Parenthood need to terminate before we say enough is enough?

As I was sworn into Congress, I promised to defend the three things we guarantee in our country - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. While there’s work to do on all three of those fronts, nothing is as clear cut as the right to life.

Voting to ban abortions after 20 weeks and defunding Planned Parenthood are signs of progress, but they’re only a start. To protect more lives in the years to come, we’ll need to win over hearts and minds in our communities here in North Carolina and around the country.

In response to a Gallup question in 2016, only 29 percent said abortion should be legal under all circumstances, and a Quinnipiac poll a year ago finds that only 28 percent of registered voters say abortion should always be legal. To me, this represents both promise and heartache. While it’s clear that less than 30 percent of the country is supportive of abortion up until the point of birth, it’s still 30 percent too many.

This is why I’ll use this week as a reminder to tell the different stories of lives that were saved instead of terminated, like Mia Love’s. Instead of ending her life early, they brought her into this world, and into a country of endless opportunities and possibilities.

In her own words, “They didn't choose what might have been; they chose what is to come. They went and followed and fostered that life, and the future and the dreams that baby would bring. I'm certain that this couple would never have thought that that child would become the first black female Republican ever to be inCongress."


 

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