Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford urged his fellow lawmakers to recognize the value of unborn babies Tuesday on the U.S. Senate floor, saying “children are not medical waste” and killing them is not health care.
Lankford, a pro-life Republican, spoke out a day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears a major Mississippi abortion case that could end Roe v. Wade and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again.
“The court has an opportunity to correct its mistake from 1973,” he told the U.S. Senate.
Currently, under Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are prohibited from protecting unborn babies from abortion before viability, about 22 weeks of pregnancy. For the first time in decades, however, the Supreme Court has agreed to re-consider this precedent in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health and decide “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.”
Lankford said the Mississippi case presents a good opportunity for the Supreme Court to correct its “arbitrary” abortion rulings that are not based in the U.S. Constitution.
“Children are not medical waste,” he said. “Abortion is not just a medical procedure. It’s the taking of a human life.”
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He mourned how about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions since 1973, and noted that the fight to end abortions has never stopped.
“America has not forgotten about these children,” Lankford said. “We’ve not moved on, and we’ve not just accepted Roe v. Wade because when we see a child at 15 weeks … we actually see a baby.”
Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortions in the second and third trimesters and many support heartbeat laws that protect unborn babies at their earliest stage of life.
One recent Associated Press poll found 65 percent of Americans believe most or all second-trimester abortions should be illegal, which is what the Mississippi law does. Additionally, 80 percent believe most or all abortions should be illegal in the third trimester.
“The sound of a baby’s heartbeat in the womb is a sound you will never forget,” Lankford said in a Nov. 28 column at Fox News. “But every two seconds a baby is aborted, meaning that with every beat of your heart, a baby loses his or her right to life. If that sounds sad and shocking, it’s because it is.”
He continued: “There is no difference between a child in the womb and a child outside of the womb other than time and development. An infant in my arms is totally dependent, just like an infant in the womb. Millions of people in our nation understand that the court’s decision almost five decades ago was not based on the law or science. Children are children, no matter how small.”
The Oklahoma senator said he looks forward to the day when every unborn baby will be protected from abortion.
“It would be one of the greatest days for the human race if we could end all abortion everywhere and declare in one voice that every life matters,” Lankford concluded. “We must stand up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”
Since the Supreme Court ruled on Roe in 1973, almost 63 million unborn babies and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of mothers have been killed in supposedly “safe,” legal abortions. If the court overturns or chips away at Roe, thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year.
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the Mississippi case Wednesday morning. A ruling likely will be published in the summer of 2022.