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Published on Jun 8, 2012
Mr. Speaker, Last week this body took up H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which would prohibit abortion on the basis of an unborn baby's gender. Many advanced nations around the world already have laws restricting sex-selection abortions. The United States of America should not allow abortions to be performed to select an unborn child's sex. Recognizing the importance of all life, I voted in favor of the bill and had high hopes it could be signed into law. Sadly, the measure failed to reach the majority vote needed for passage. As unbelievable as it may be, some members of Congress were unwilling to vote to restrict abortions based on sex. Aborting a baby based upon its gender undermines one of our nation's founding principles that all human beings are created equal. Every representative, every physician and every American needs to be reminded that at the center of our struggle is the protection of all human life. We cannot live in a nation where some human life is valued and other life is not. All life has value and the casual taking of life is morally wrong. Let us join together to pray for the protection of the unborn. The intersection of prayer and action can produce amazing results. Through prayer and perseverance we can accomplish our goals, and innocent human life can be saved.