U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a long-time pro-life advocate in the Senate, today praised the organizers and participants in the 2011 March for Life in the nation's capital.
"Thank you to all those who rallied and marched on such a cold day in Washington," Inhofe said. "Every year, it is encouraging to see the thousands of Americans from all over the country who register their support for those who cannot speak for themselves -- the unborn. The yearly event serves as a reminder that we must continue to fight for the rights of the most vulnerable.
"Legalized abortion takes the lives of more than one million unborn children each year, robbing this nation of vast potential. Moreover, it destroys some of our nation's most cherished values: family, responsibility, and commitment. Our government has both a moral and constitutional obligation to protect the sanctity of human life. The right to life is a foundational right, fundamental to the strength and vitality of this great nation, and I will continue to fight the pro-life battle in the Senate."
Inhofe's recent pro-life efforts:
· Cosponsored the Title X Planning Act, which prohibits federal family planning money under Title X from going to any organization that promotes or performs abortion as a method of family planning.
· Cosponsored the Life at Conception Act, which declares that the unborn are "persons" within the definition of the 14th Amendment and are entitled to its protections.
· Cosponsored the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act, which requires that a woman seeking an abortion after her 20th week of pregnancy be informed of the medical evidence that the unborn child feels pain.
· Senator Inhofe received a 100% ranking from National Right to Life for his voting record in the 111th Congress, including votes to:
o Restore the Mexico City Policy
o Allow states to cover the unborn under SCHIP
o Remove exemption of United Nations Population Fund from Kemp-Kasten law, which disallowed funding to organizations that support or participate in involuntary sterilization or coerced abortion
o Support for the Nelson-Hatch amendment, which would have removed pro-abortion provisions from the health care bill
· Opposed Burris Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which would have permitted abortions on military facilities.
· Voted against the motion to invoke cloture on the FY10 Consolidated Appropriations Act conference report, which allowed the District of Columbia to use public funds to pay for abortions for D.C. residents.