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Wagner Floor Speech on the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jan 22, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO) today delivered remarks on the floor regarding the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.  Wagner is a staunch supporter in protecting the sanctity of life and the rights of the unborn. 

Below is the full text of Representative Wagner’s remarks, as prepared for delivery:

“Mr. Speaker, it is with a heavy heart that I stand here today on the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade; a decision that has done so much harm to the moral landscape of our nation.

“Since that dreadful day 40 years ago, there have been more than 55 million abortions in this country.  That is roughly 1/5 of the United States population who we will never know.  We will never derive the contributions to society that these nameless angels could have brought to the world.  And even worse is the emotional pain that millions of women have endured in the days, months, and years after their abortion. 

”Since I was sworn into Congress nearly three weeks ago, I have had the opportunity to sign onto a couple pieces of pro-life legislation.  I believe that it is important that we prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to abortions or organizations that perform abortions. 

“I believe in the sanctity of life.  That life is truly a gift - from conception to natural death, and I am dedicated to protecting the rights of the unborn.  I support the efforts to reduce the number of abortions in this country and will work not only to make abortion illegal, but unthinkable. 

“You see, as a mother of three beautiful children, the sanctity of life is very cherished and personal to me.  In fact, it was exactly 23 years ago that I came to Washington, D.C. on a bus from St. Louis, Missouri to participate in the March for Life.  I know it was exactly 23 years ago because I was six weeks pregnant at the time with my second son, Stephen.  Taking a fourteen hour bus ride while experiencing morning sickness is generally not advisable, but I knew actively participating in the pro-life movement at a time when I was carrying my unborn child was important. 

“As a mother I want to raise my children in a world that values life at all stages.  I do not want to raise them in a world that exhibits a flagrant disregard for human life.  And at that moment 23 years ago, I knew that it was not enough to simply say that I was pro-life, I literally had to walk the walk. 

“On the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in this country, I am heartbroken for the pain this decision has caused over the last forty years.  But I am hopeful and inspired by the many young people I have seen today who will march beside me for life this Friday.  I encourage my colleagues to join me and show support for human life at all stages. 

“I yield back.”