Boehner Welcomes Participants in the March for Life
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) issued the following statement welcoming those participating in today's March for Life, which will mark the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade:
"Our nation was built on the principle that each and every human life has dignity, and I want to welcome and thank those marching today with that in mind. Though reports show that abortions have dropped to a 30-year low, this is no time for celebration or satisfaction. Our work is far from over. This year, our nation will see its 50 millionth abortion since Roe v. Wade, and now we must recommit ourselves to a cause which has made tremendous strides since the 1973 Supreme Court decision.
"In recent years, Congress has finally enacted a ban on the gruesome practice of partial birth abortion, and states increasingly have passed parental notification laws, as well as measures to ensure women are fully educated about the risks of and alternatives to abortion. And last year, Republicans fought to preserve the Mexico City Policy, inspired in part by the one of the greatest pro-life leaders I've ever had the privilege of serving with - former Congressman Henry Hyde - to prevent taxpayer funds from being used for abortion advocacy and services. Congress should follow these victories this year by passing the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, which would ensure an adult cannot take a minor across state lines to receive an abortion without the consent of a parent. This is a responsible proposal the House has backed before, and we should not delay in doing so once again.
"Indeed, the pro-life movement has helped save countless lives over the past 35 years, and those participating in today's March for Life should hold their heads high, knowing that their actions are having a positive and meaningful impact. My prayers remain with them, as well as the millions of unborn children counting on us do protect their right to life."