Burgess Owens: “Abortion is Not Health Care. Health Care Doesn’t Result in the Death of 60 Million Human Beings”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 18, 2022   |   5:30PM   |   Washington, DC

Congressman Burgess Owens delivered a powerful response Wednesday to Democrats who are pushing to expand the killing of unborn babies in abortions in the name of helping black women.

Owens, a pro-life Republican from Utah, slammed abortion as “racist” during a House Judiciary Committee hearing while mourning the loss of millions of black children to abortion.

“We’ve lost over 20 million black babies over the last 40 years, that’s 40 percent of my race exterminated before given a chance to bless our nation with their innate talents,” Owens said, according to a video shared by Fox News reporter Anders Hagstrom.

“For those who love the concept of equity in everything under the sun, including test score outcomes, when it comes to the death of the unborn the abortion equity seems to be pretty racist to me,” the congressman continued.

Referring to comments last week by U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Owens said Democrat leaders are treating the demise of unborn babies as a “good thing,” but those offering abortions as a solution are failing both women and children.

“If a woman feels that abortion is her only and best option, I believe that woman has been failed by her family, her partner, her community and her healthcare providers,” he continued. “Abortion is not health care. Health care doesn’t result in the intentional deaths of over 60 million human beings.”

Last week, Yellen told a U.S. Senate committee that abortions benefit the economy and women, especially teenagers and black women.

“What we are talking about is whether or not women will have the ability to regulate their reproductive situation in ways that will enable them to plan lives that are fulfilling and satisfying for them,” Yellen said. “One aspect of a satisfying life is being able to feel you have the financial resources to raise a child.”

Addressing her comments Wednesday, Owens pointed out how mixed up Yellen’s priorities are. He said two of his six children were born after he lost everything in a failed business and was working as a chimney sweep and security guard. Today, he said his greatest joy is watching his 16 grandchildren grow, even though their families’ circumstances are not perfect either.

“Thank goodness I was raised by a generation of proud black Americans who taught me that in America, our financial status does not define us, it can be temporary,” Owens said. “Our children and family relationships, on the other hand, are not only eternal but also a valuable treasure during our brief time on this earth. They are the only legacy at the end of our lives that really matter. Our children are the most precious gifts and blessings from a loving God.”

House Democrat leaders called the committee hearing Wednesday to discuss the future of abortion as it appears likely the U.S. Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. Since Roe in 1973, more than 63 million unborn babies and hundreds of mothers have died in supposedly “safe, legal” abortions.