Mr. LANKFORD. We are a Nation that values all life.
When a bridge is under construction and a migratory bird's nest with eggs is discovered, the Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird Treaty Act forces the delay of construction until the birds have hatched and flown away.
Why? Because life is important to us.
When a baby is born prematurely, we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to save that child because each life is important to us. We have one glaring and obvious exception to this passion for life: abortion.
For some reason, we see the life of a duck and its egg as more valuable than an infant in the womb. For some reason, we think that a baby born 5 weeks early is worthy of hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical technology to save; but if that same mother wanted to hire a doctor to reach in the womb and kill that child with scissors 5 weeks before delivery, some would demand her choice must be protected.
What our Founding Fathers considered a self-evident truth is that we have been endowed by our Creator with certain rights, beginning with ``life,'' which is now a topic open for discussion in our modern day ethic.
I still believe in the value of the instructions given to leaders thousands of years ago in Proverbs 31: ``Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly.''