SPEECH OF HON. JIM JORDAN OF OHIO IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
APRIL 18, 2007
Mr. JORDAN of Ohio. I thank the gentleman for yielding.
Mr. Speaker, today the Supreme Court upheld the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, which was passed in the House, in the Senate, signed by the President and became Public Law No. 108-105 in November of 2003.
As others have stated this evening, this is a victory for the health of women across this country. It is a victory for unborn children. It is a victory for life, and, as I have said, people have indicated it is a victory for America.
I just want to take a minute to thank all the pro-life volunteers across this country who are really the reason we have this celebration that we have today. Those of us in public life, those of us charged with forming public policy, we get approached just about every day by lobbyists and interest groups. And they want to talk to us. They want to influence legislation. They want to be a part of this process where the laws and the taxpayer dollars are spent. And they want to do all those things because they have a financial interest at stake. But the people who articulate that life is sacred, the people who advocate for protecting the sanctity of human life, they have nothing to gain financially by talking to us. They have nothing to gain financially by being involved in this movement. They simply do it because it is the right thing to do. They understand life is precious; life is sacred. They understand. That is why they work in our crisis pregnancy centers. That is why they help unwed mothers, because they understand how precious life is. And they understand, and others have talked about this. They understand what the Founders understood, that life is precious. And, as they said in the Declaration of Independence, that we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I think it is interesting to note the order that the Founders placed the rights they chose to mention, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. Can you pursue happiness, can you go after your goals and dreams if you first don't have freedom and liberty? And do you ever have true freedom and true liberty if government doesn't protect your most fundamental right, your right to live?
And that is what we celebrate today. Again, it is a testimony to the hard work of millions of pro-life people across this country. So I want to commend you and again say what a great day for America