U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement marking the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade:
"Today, thousands of people march to the Supreme Court with heavy hearts. It is a solemn ritual, one that reminds us of the tragic loss of over 56 million unborn lives.
"Fifty-six million boys and girls who never drew a breath of air. Poets and inventors, doctors and athletes, explorers and musicians, the world is far the poorer for their loss.
"Every human life is a precious gift from God, and our law should protect innocent human life. Yet 41 years ago, the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision overturned the Texas law that prohibited abortion on demand.
"As we mourn the loss of millions of souls, we also commemorate the good work that citizens continue to do to fervently defend life. Beyond the thousands of marchers in Washington today, countless individuals are devoted to affirming life, to promoting adoption and to helping provide comfort and aid to new mothers in distress. Their efforts have continued to make significant steps towards valuing the dignity of each human life.
"This past year, we saw the horror of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of deliberately killing babies already born. The tragedy of that case can never be undone, but the fact that he was found guilty by a jury of his peers in Philadelphia is a small step towards basic human decency.
"In time, we can all hope that we can come together and create a culture of life, where every human life is protected, cherished, and respected."