I hope everyone has been staying warm this week. I have to admit that when I left Washington after the House adjourned last week, I didn’t necessarily think I would really need to bring my scarf and gloves down to North Carolina.
I, however, am certainly not about to complain too much as I was so inspired to see thousands of people brave the sub-zero temperatures in Washington to support the 41st annual March for Life. Each year, this is such a powerful event and I am very sorry I was not able to attend this year’s important anniversary.
Unfortunately, the March for Life also marks the anniversary of a very tragic event in our nation’s history — a devastating Supreme Court decision that has led to the death of nearly 56 million innocent children. Roe v. Wade threw aside the very ideals that our nation stands upon — that all people are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This decision ripped away these rights from the most vulnerable in our society — children in the womb.
As a country, we have a moral obligation to stand up to protect the most innocent in our society and to be a voice for those who are not given the opportunity to speak. Life is the most sacred, precious gift from God. Life begins at conception and ends with natural death, which means it is our responsibility to care for each and every life. As long as I am your elected Representative, it will be a priority of mine to fight for the end of abortion on demand.
To that end, I cosponsored the bipartisan Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA), H.R. 447, introduced by Representative Trent Franks. This would restrict sex-selection abortion and race-selection abortion, as well as the coercion of a woman to obtain either. Any individual working at an abortion clinic who carries out these disgusting practices should be punished to the full extent of the law.
I strongly believe it is absolutely wrong to use your hard-earned taxpayer dollars to finance abortions and clinics that provide them like Planned Parenthood. Next week, the House will vote on H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which prohibits the use of federal funds for any abortions or any health benefits coverage that includes coverage of abortion. This is a commonsense proposal I will be proud to support.
Advances in technology and modern medicine have deepened our understanding of the stages of pregnancy. The facts are clear — babies in the womb can feel pain, we can detect heartbeats at earlier stages than ever before, and we can see the growth of these precious children at each step along the way. This evidence should settle the debate once and for all that abortions after 20 weeks are particularly cruel and should be strictly prohibited.
We’ve come a long way in shifting public opinion on this debate, and our position is stronger now than ever before. This is thanks entirely to all of you who have supported and worked so hard on behalf of the pro-life movement. One need not look no further than this week’s March for Life to see the incredible display of compassion and support for the defense of the unborn.
Richard Hudson represents North Carolina’s 8th congressional district, which includes all of Scotland County.