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Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. I was a senior in high school when the case was decided and I still remember that decision vividly today. I could not understand how the Court could legalize the stopping of a beating heart on demand. I thought it was outrageous then and the intervening years since then have done nothing to change my opinion. My opinion has been reinforced by the tragic record of abortion. Fifty five million innocent children have been lost and countless women have suffered both mental and physical pain as a result of abortion.
We are a nation of 315 million people. That means that over one sixth of our friends, neighbors, and family members are not with us today because of abortion. Millions of children have been denied the right to live their own lives, to skin their knees on the playground, to go on their first date, to graduate from high school, and to go on to have families of their own. All those unique, amazing lives were ended before we were even able to know them.
The tragedy of abortion doesn't stop with the loss of so many innocent children. Like any medical procedure, abortion can have devastating side effects and complications that cause pain and suffering. Mental anguish, regret, and other emotional pain can also result from abortion.
It is time for us as a nation to reject such a dismal and heartbreaking procedure. It is time for us to reject the cold callous indifference of abortion that abandons women and their precious children. We're a nation that takes care of our own, that protects the most innocent and vulnerable among us, and stands up for justice for women and children. As Roe v. Wade shows, justice does not flow from the pen of a judge. Justice comes from the loving heart of a human being and from the natural law enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. ``We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.'' Today, let us continue the fight for Life and justice for all Americans and especially for unborn children and their mothers.
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