Last week, Kentucky Senator and U.S Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, addressed the National Right to Life convention. He began by stressing how important this year is for the pro-life cause.
He said, “In less than six months, the American people will decide whether Barack Obama spends the last two years of his presidency with the same Democratic controlled Senate that he has had for the past six years, or will he be finally forced to listen to the public on the cause that has brought us all here this morning.”
However, Senate Democrats won’t even allow modest pro-life legislation, like the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that proposes to protect pain-capable babies in the womb, reach the president’s desk. This means that people in the states that believe these children deserve our protection, do not even have a voice in the debate. The good news is we could change that in 2014.
Senator McConnell said, “I’m proud of my record in defense of life over the years, including in current Congress. I’m a co-sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, and if I were Majority Leader, we would have already had a vote on it in the Senate. That’s because it is long past time that the United States of America join the ranks of most other civilized nations by protecting unborn children after twenty weeks.”
He added, “In a Republican Senate under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debates on the issues that the American people want. The voice of our constitutions would be heard once again. The increasing support that we’ve seen of pro-life measures across the country, thanks to groups like NRLC, would finally have a full hearing in our nation.”
However, McConnell relayed that something truly good and positive is already happening in our country. We’ve seen the fruits of pro-life efforts on the state level.
Twenty-seven states, now have inform consent laws, twenty-five limit taxpayer subsidies for abortion, and thirty states require some form of parental involvement. But now the Senator said it is time that the United States of America joins the ranks with other civilized nation and protect pain-capable babies.
McConnell also remarked on the Republican’s party dedication to the pro-life cause. He said, “Republicans, we’re not going anywhere on this issue. Because defending life is right at the heart of what we’ve always been about as a party. Opportunity, liberty, hope, defending the defenseless, that’s what this movement is about, and that’s what the Republican Party has always been about. We’re the party that put an end to slavery in this country; we’re the party that fought for the expansion of the franchise for women. We’re the ones who cleared the votes to make Jim Crow a name of the past, and today, we’re the ones fighting for the unborn and the mothers who carry them.”
He encouraged the audience that while it may be discouraging to turn on the television and hear the same arguments coming from the other side. Sometimes we may even be tempted to throw up our hands and give up, but the tide is turning.
McConnell said, “We are creating a more just and humane society that all along we’ve been striving for. We are changing hearts and minds, one person at a time. And my friends, it’s catching on. Thanks to you, people are starting to realize that we’re not doing a very good job in this society if the best thing we can offer to a scared mom-to-be is a referral to Planned Parenthood.”
He concluded by reminding us that our society is not progressing if a woman feels like abortion is her only choice. It is a tragedy. It our job to do better, and show women and men that there is a better option, because no one regrets the choice to give their child life.