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Unborn children “are living, breathing, and feeling human beings who deserve a chance to live”

by | Dec 8, 2021

Editor’s note. Many pro-life Republican gave floor speeches in response to oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case heard by the Supreme Court regarding the Mississippi law that protects unborn babies after the 15th week. We will repost two a day.

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV). Madam Speaker, I thank the gentlewoman from Florida. Madam Speaker, today the Supreme Court will hear a case that could determine the future of unborn children. For nearly 50 years, the Federal decision of Roe v. Wade has threatened the lives of the unborn. This is a decision that should be left to the States. 

In 1973 Justices were told that unborn babies could not live on their own until the 28th week. But since then, there have been major advances in medicine. We now know that as early as 5 weeks unborn babies have a heartbeat and their brains are beginning to develop; by 10 weeks the babies have legs and arms that can kick; and by 15 weeks babies can taste, yawn, suck their thumb, and, more importantly, they can feel pain. They are living, breathing, and feeling human beings who deserve a chance to live. 

Jeremiah and Isaiah said in the Bible that the Lord spoke to them in the womb: ‘‘Before you were born, I set you apart.’’ Both these prophets were trying to tell us something: Every life is precious. Therefore, Congress has a moral obligation to protect the lives of our vulnerable, unborn children and to be their voice. Today I hope the Supreme Court will agree.

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