Jan. 22 marked the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in the United States. This milestone is indeed a somber one for our country, but we must not be discouraged. The energy and passion of the pro-life movement continues to fill me and many others with hope that we can restore a culture of life to Arkansas and to our country.
I want to take a moment to discuss my efforts to that end in the United States Congress. Like many of you, I grew up attending church with my parents in our hometown of Dardanelle. It was there that I first learned of the sanctity of life and God’s gift to us. Like all people, unborn children are entitled to the God-given right to life and liberty enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed in our Constitution. I’ve carried those truths with me throughout my life and they continue to guide me today.
Soon, the House will vote on a bill I sponsored entitled the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. This bill codifies a ban on taxpayer funding of abortions and ensures abortions are not funded in any federal government program. I am confident this bill will pass the House of Representatives, and I encourage the United States Senate to take it up immediately and President Obama to sign it into law. I think most can agree that federal tax dollars should not be used to end innocent life.
As our work continues to end the practice altogether, I also sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks. As you may be aware, 20 weeks is the stage of pregnancy that doctors believe a child can actively feel pain. I was proud to vote for this bill when it passed the House last June. Unfortunately, it remains stuck in the United States Senate, where a vote still has not been scheduled.
I also continue to fight against Obamacare. The regulations in this unworkable law contain unconstitutional mandates that private organizations—including churches and other religiously-affiliated groups—pay for abortion-inducing drugs through their health plans. But this fight is about more than any single law. It is about restoring a respect for life in our society—a sanctity that makes this country stronger. Please know I will continue in my fight for this important cause.