March for Life Statement
Mr. Speaker I rise today to recognize the thousands of Americans who have come to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. Starting as a grassroots movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s fateful 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the March for Life has grown to over 200,000 participants in recent years. I applaud this year’s marchers who traveled across the country, including many from my home state of Illinois, to show their support for the unborn.
Abortion is one of the great tragedies of the last half century. In 2008 there were 1.21 million abortions in the United States, the equivalent of 100,000 abortions per month. I believe we need to continue to work with women, many of whom are afraid of the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy, on the alternatives to abortion. Crisis Pregnancy Centers, for example, provide various services to pregnant women including pre-natal care, counseling, pregnancy tests and information on adoption.
Putting a child up for adoption is never an easy choice, but it is a preferred alternative to abortion. Adoption gives the pregnant woman the opportunity to bring happiness to another family that may not have the ability to have children of their own. According to the Administration for Children and Families and the U.S. Census Bureau, 57,000 children were adopted in the United States in 2009. Those 57,000 children will now have a better chance to have a successful and productive life.
On this, the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I applaud the hard work of all who were involved in this year’s March for Life. I urge my colleagues to support legislation which honors the most innocent of human life.