Video: Chris Smith Gets Pro-Life Award for Standing Against Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 4, 2012   |   11:32AM   |   Washington, DC

This past week, Americans United for Life honored pro-life champion and New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith with the 2012 Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award for his leadership on pro-life issues in the House of Representatives.

“Congressman Smith has shown unfailing, unflinching leadership for life throughout his 3 decades in Congress,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of AUL.

“Congressman Chris Smith’s heroic defense of life during his tenure in the U.S. House of Representatives includes his fight to end taxpayer-funding of abortion, his steadfast leadership to safeguard the health and safety of women against the harmful effects of abortion, and his work to defend the human rights of all human beings both domestically and internationally,” Yoest said. “On Capitol Hill, Chris Smith has also joined AUL in calling for an investigation into the misuse of taxpayer funds by the abortion industry, a truly bipartisan effort.”

The Washington Examiner carried some of Smith’s remarks about pro-life issues and President Obama:

“This guy is the ‘abortion president,’” said New Jersey Rep. Chris Smith, who for three decades has co-chaired the House pro-life caucus. “This election is the most important in our lifetime. This is a transitional election,” he added.

“I think this is going to be a big issue,” he said, adding that it is good for his efforts when pro-choice groups run ads against the anti-abortion crowd because it reminds the public of where each side stands on the issue.

Smith is also concerned that pro-abortion initiatives are being pushed in Obamacare and in U.S. overseas programs, something he would fight if he succeeds in his bid to become the next chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee next year. “To me the right to life is the most elemental right,” he said.

In receiving his Hyde award, Smith noted that even his wife is deeply involved in the anti-abortion movement, something that brought the two together at Trenton State. He said that when he helped create a pro-life caucus at the school, she joined in but rejected his requests for a date. So he made her treasurer of the group and eventually they became a couple.

‘I wore her down,” he joked, adding, “this movement is also a dating service.”

Speaker John Boehner hailed his colleague and applauded him for his heroic pro-life efforts.

“For more than 30 years, Congressman Chris Smith has been a fearless and passionate pro-life advocate,” Boehner said. “He has been a consistent voice for the voiceless and has fought to ensure that the United States’ domestic and international policy is to protect innocent human life.”

Boehner added:  “As the co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, Chris’s mission is to educate—and sometimes warn—his Congressional colleagues about any effort to undermine hard-earned legislative or legal victories.  As the 2010 recipient of the ‘Henry Hyde Defender of Life’ award, I know of no other member who deserves this award more than Chris Smith.  The esteem with which Chris is held in the pro-life community testifies to his character and his perseverance.  It is an honor to work with him and I congratulate him for this high honor.”

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The Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award was established to honor the legacy of Representative Henry J. Hyde (1924-2007). Hyde, former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was a renowned pro-life leader and author of the original Hyde Amendment. Representative Hyde also served as Honorary Chairman at Americans United for Life. Each year, this prestigious award is presented to someone who demonstrates outstanding leadership in the cause of Life.

LifeNews Note: Photo courtesy Americans United for Life.