Blunt Marks Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Signs Letter in Defense of Pro-Life Legislation
“The last few years are the first time since I’ve served in Congress that the House hasn’t had a pro-life majority,” Blunt told the approximately 250 members of the Missouri-Illinois Right to Life Caravan visiting D.C. “We’ve made incremental progress over the years but we cannot rest on our past successes. That’s why your commitment is more important than ever and I’m here today to show my support for your cause.”
Yesterday’s letter urged Obama to withdraw his pledge to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would overturn almost all pro-life laws nationwide. This legislation, the letter says, “is more radical than the Roe v. Wade decision.”
FOCA, specifically, would weaken bans on the use of taxpayer funds for abortion procedures and overturn laws requiring parental notification for minors seeking abortions.
Blunt is again cosponsoring federal legislation requiring parental notification before a minor can cross state lines for an abortion.
“Nothing is more sacred or special than a human life,” Blunt said. “I hope President Obama reconsiders his support for this act because his signature will subvert the will of millions of pro-life Americans and overturn the precious laws we fought to enact protecting the lives of the unborn.”
The full text of the letter is below:
Dear Mr. President,
Since the beginning of your presidential transition, Americans from all walks of life have been touched by your pledge to govern from the center, and by your vow to be a president for all Americans. We are writing to respectfully urge you to build on this foundation by withdrawing your pledge to sign the so-named Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide, and by refusing to support legislation that incrementally enacts the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws piece by piece.
During the campaign you talked about reducing abortions. The Freedom of Choice Act would do the opposite. By overturning laws that require parental notification or consent before a minor girl obtains an abortion, the abortion rate will increase. A recent study by Dr.
Also, advocates on both sides of the abortion debate agree that longstanding provisions that restrict funding for abortions reduce the number of abortions dramatically. A recent study by
You have expressed a desire to be a president for all Americans, and to use your presidency to promote initiatives that bring Americans together, rather than drive them apart. We recognize it will not always be easy for you to do this. However, too much is at stake for this divisive and destructive legislation to move forward and life-saving laws to be rolled back. We respectfully urge you to withdraw your pledge to sign FOCA, and that you pledge not to sign legislation that incrementally enacts FOCA by rescinding existing pro-life laws and legal protections.
SOURCE House Republican Whip Roy Blunt