"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Cong Mike Pence: “A Nation that Will Not Stand for Life Will Not Stand for Long”

Mike Pence has it right when he says "A Nation that Will Not Stand for Life Will Not Stand Long" which was the title of his speech today that he gave at the National Right to Life March on this very cold day in DC.

Roe v Wade was another one of those Supreme Court decisions that I figured there was no way it would be made the law of the land.  I expected the SCOTUS to rule that it was a state's rights issue and up to the states which would mean that states like New York where it was legal would continue to be legal but in states where it was outlawed, it would stay outlawed.  Once again, I was wrong along with a lot of other people and it became the law of the land opening up abortion in all states as federal law. 

Since then the Feds have tried to take over more and more of what belongs to the States.  No matter what anyone thinks of abortion, it is WRONG to spend any tax dollars on abortion funding period.  If someone wants an abortion, find a way to pay for it but not with MY tax dollars. 
So much has been written over the years about a woman's right to choose.  It is difficult to imagine someone ending a life when you can view an ultrasound and see their heart beating.  Cannot believe it took so long to outlaw partial birth abortion when there was zero reason for it. 

My oldest daughter was born at 28 weeks, a little over 34 years ago at a hospital that already had made itself into a regional hospital for premature babies for which I will always be grateful.  It was 21 degrees below zero the night before she was born, with snow and ice on the ground which I had taken a fall on that morning.  Went to the doctor that afternoon who put me in the hospital and gave me steroids with alcohol that night for her lungs.  She needed the treatment for at least 8 hours and had it for over 12 before the C-Section. 

Know what it is like to wake up every morning, call the hospital, and finallly find out your daughter is not only still alive, but is beginning to breath on her own and instead of losing weight is now starting to gain.  Then you worry about her hearing because of being in the incubator for so long, but it was perfect.  After two months of worry, that magic day arrives and you bring a very healthy daughter home at 5lbs, 2 oz. and she never looks back.  She made it home on her due date and has been thriving ever since and now has two daughters of her own who are the most precious granddaughters you could ever have.

Don't pretend to walk in anyone's shoes and don't know what they are going through when they make a decision to have an abortion, but I do know what it is like to bring home a tiny baby after two months of worry and watch her grow through the years.  Life is very precious and not something to throw aside for convenience.

Pence Address at Today's March for Life
by Mike Pence on Monday, January 24, 2011 at 1:31pm

“A Nation that Will Not Stand for Life Will Not Stand for Long”
Congressman Mike Pence made the following remarks at the 38th Annual March for Life today on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.:

We gather to mark the 38th anniversary of the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott. And we gather today in the shadow of a new pro-life majority on Capitol Hill. And we will keep gathering until Roe v. Wade is sent to the ash heap of history where it belongs.

These are trying times in the life of this nation.

Our economy is struggling and our national government is awash in a sea of debt.

Amidst these struggles, some would have us focus our energies on jobs and spending.

We must not remain silent when great moral battles are being waged. Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life have forgotten the lessons of history. As in the days of a house divided, America's darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles.

A nation that will not stand for life will not stand for long.

You know there can be no lasting prosperity without a moral foundation in law.

And as to focusing on spending, I agree.

Let’s start by denying all federal funding for abortion at home and abroad.

The largest abortion provider in America should not also be the largest recipient of federal funding under Title X.

The time has come to deny any and all federal funding to Planned Parenthood of America.

Thank you for braving the cold one more time and saying to the heart of our national government, ‘We will fight on for life. We will fight on for the unborn and the brokenhearted.’

And we will fight on because we know, as Jefferson said, ‘God who gave us life gave us liberty…and God is just and his justice cannot sleep forever.’

And we know this: We will win this fight because the deepest desire of every mother and father is to protect their child, at any cost, even with the own lives and that truth cannot be erased.

The American people will make this right. We will restore the sanctity of life to the center of American law. Because every American knows in their heart, this is the greatest nation on earth because we acknowledge the God-given right to liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the unalienable right to life.
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