On Monday morning, Congressman Tim Huelskamp's office joined other members of the Kansas Congressional Delegation in hosting Sunflower State participants in the March for Life. He will attend the March for Life rally this afternoon. Congressman Huelskamp offered the following remarks on the 38th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision:
Today at the March for Life we mark another year of abortion being legal in the United States. It is a tragic anniversary because each year we also remember the innocent lives lost as a result of this decision. But, year after year, every January, hundreds of thousands of Americans show up in Washington and in their state capitols to denounce the decision not just because they oppose abortion, but because they support life.
Since 1973, more than 50 million Americans have died at the hands of America's abortion industry. America loses about 1.2 million unborn children to abortion every single year. This statistic should make everyone shudder. Despite what proponents of it might say, abortion is not rare; nor is it right.
Women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant do not need the address of the nearest abortion clinic; rather they need our love, compassion, and support. They need to know that the pro-life movement is not about passing judgments; it is about being pro-woman and pro-child. These women should not be told about what material assets they will lack as mothers, but instead about how there is a community that will help them through what seems like a daunting time and insurmountable task. It is not enough for us to oppose abortion; we must support and bolster the alternatives, including the work done by the amazing crisis pregnancy center network we have across the country.
For women who feel ill-equipped to raise a child, know that adoption is a feasible alternative. My wife and I are the proud parents of four adopted children, two from here in the United States and two from Haiti. There are people all across this country willing to open their hearts and their homes to children through adoption.
My home state of Kansas will celebrate its 150th Anniversary this weekend, and I look to the state's history as an example of the struggle we face today. Bolstered by the treacherous Dred Scott decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, proponents of slavery argued that slaves were not human beings. Abolitionists, on the other hand, demanded and fought for the basic human rights of all people, including slaves. Similarly, those who speak up for the unborn, do so to ensure that individual liberty and dignity are respected and revered for all.
We look forward to the day when the Supreme Court will reverse Roe v. Wade, but let us not stop the pursuit of ending abortion. Congress must play no role in promoting abortion and that begins with ending federal funding of abortion. Congress has been complicit in promoting the culture of death to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars, but I will now fight to end this tragedy in the same way that Congress overturned Dred Scott.