"While There is Life, There is Hope"

The Roman orator Cicero allegedly once pronounced, “While there is life, there is hope.” Though there is debate over whether or not he uttered that statement, I do agree with its meaning. As the mom of five biological children and 23 foster children, I regularly marvel at the hopefulness each of my beautiful children exude and the boundless potential in each of them. But I’m not being a proud mom about only my children. Hope defines each and every human life around this world. Each of us have unique, God-given lives that not only need to be protected but lived out from conception to natural death.

For the past 39 years, the fight to protect lives has seemed like a uphill battle due to the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. This tragic decision, along with subsequent other similar decisions, promote the idea that the unborn are nothing more than tumors or blobs of tissue that can be discarded.  No life should ever be considered “inconvenient.” There are simply too many alternatives to abortion for any child to be considered an unwelcome burden that should be terminated.

Ironically, those who advocate for the life of the unborn have been accused of trying to limit a woman’s choice and somehow harm her life. But truthfully, it is the pro-life movement that is fighting the hardest for the rights of women. The pro-life movement is the only group helping women make a truly informed choice for themselves and their unborn child. After all, if mothers are never told of the facts of their pregnancies or the alternatives to abortion, are they really being offered a choice?

I believe pregnant mothers need all the information made available to them about their unborn child. That is why last fall I introduced the Heartbeat Protection Act, legislation that will require abortion providers to make the heartbeat of the unborn child’s both audible and visible to the mother before they choose whether or not to end their pregnancy. I truly believe that once women witness the lives developing inside of them, they will have all the facts they need to make an truly informed choice.

But that is just the latest legislation I have introduced on behalf of the lives of the unborn. Whether it was through voting down continuing resolutions that included funding for Planned Parenthood or introducing numerous bills such as the Positive Alternatives Act in 2009 which ensured that states had the funds to help pregnant women find abortion alternative services, I have fought to protect America’s unborn. We are, after all, the country that claims everyone should have the “right to life.” I am committed to doing everything in my power to protect that constitutional right for every American.

Due to my pro-life stance and beliefs, I am thrilled to see events across the country drawing thousands of pro-life advocates together today and throughout this past weekend. Together, we solemnly remember the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Though the effects of Roe v. Wade are tragic, the pro-life movement is filled with hope. Through our marches and rallies for life, we are seeing sure success in helping our fellow Americans see life as a gift that needs to be protected and cherished.

The efforts of so many passionate advocates for life inspire me to continue my fight against abortion. Yet in my fight, I cannot help but hope for two results in the pro-life movement. First, I hope that the victims of the pro-choice, abortion agenda will find healing. Second, I pray that our fight for life will serve to ensure future generations are protected. May we all come to understand, as our founders did, that life is a gift that cannot be denied to any human.