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Forty Years of Victims' Legacy of Abortion

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WEBSTER of Florida. Mr. Speaker, today we remember the children who have died as a direct result of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, and Doe v. Bolton, which were decided 40 years ago today.

In the 40 years since that terrible day, my wife, Sandy, and I have been blessed with six children. It has been our privilege to raise them and watch them grow and mature, and three of our children are now married and have begun to have children of their own. Sandy and I now have eight beautiful grandchildren, and each of them have unique talents and personalities. I look forward to welcoming more grandchildren and great grandchildren into our family in the future.

In the 40 years since that terrible day, an estimated 55 million innocent children have died as a result of abortions performed in the United States. In 2011 alone, Planned Parenthood reported performing 333,000 abortions. The death of 333,000 children in that one year represents more lives lost than if the entire population of Orlando, Florida, was suddenly extinguished. Over the past 40 years, abortion has claimed nearly three times the total population of the State of Florida, or the same number of people who lived in the Northeast United States as of July 1, 2012.

Life is a gift, and each and every day, I am grateful for the gift of my children, and my grandchildren. Today, I mourn the loss of the 55 million children who never had the opportunity to live and grow and to one day have children of their own. I mourn for their families, who never had the joy of knowing them. I mourn for our nation, which will never benefit from the lives and the love of these children, who would have been our sisters and brothers, sons and daughters, our friends, and our neighbors.

We must never cease to fight for life, nor cease to be grateful for our own.


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