On Tuesday evening, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) spoke on the House floor in defense of the unborn, the upcoming March for Life, and how Congress must do more to prevent late-term abortions.
Tonight we rise, alongside the thousands of Americans who will be marching on D.C. this Friday, because we believe that giving even one more person the right to change the world is worth it.
For the last six years, I have come to the well of the House with my friend from New Jersey and my colleagues on the bipartisan Pro-Life Caucus to celebrate life and fight for the unborn.
On this seventh occasion, I rise with a renewed hope and optimism for our children’s future.
I commend President Trump for making one of his very first actions protecting unborn children around the world by preventing U.S. taxpayer dollars through foreign aid from being used to fund groups that promote abortion under the guise of “family planning.”
We can’t stop here. That’s just step one. Now is the time for action. When President Bush restored these protections in 2001 he wrote, “It is my conviction that taxpayer funds should not be used to pay for abortions or advocate or actively promote abortion, either here or abroad."
We took step two earlier today when a bipartisan majority of us here in the House voted to extend the Hyde Amendment across all government programs and to ensure that no tax dollars from hardworking taxpayers are used to fund abortions here in the United States.
Let’s take additional steps to fight for the ones who don’t have a voice.
This Congress should protect unborn children from the violence of a late-term abortion, protect medical professionals from being coerced to participate in abortions, and protect women from an industry that has put its financial interests above women's health.
Mr. Speaker, the government does not give us our rights. No, in fact, it exists to protect our God given rights that were given to us by our creator and to protect the next generation. All you have to do is look at those original founding documents and it's easy to see. We are here tonight for the same reason that thousands will march on Washington this Friday to fight for the rights of the next generation.
Its no secret the health care system across our nation is collapsing. Today we had the opportunity to repeal ObamaCare and provide relief for hardworking families and small businesses in West Michigan and that opportunity was missed. The problems within ObamaCare are only going to get worse. Eventually my colleagues will have to confront reality.
Reminder: Tonight's Facebook Town Hall will get under way at 6:30 PM. Residents of the Second District will be able to post questions once the stream begins and I will be answering live. I hope you can join tonight's conversation!
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