(CNSNews.com) - The number of unborn babies who lost their lives through abortion since the Supreme Court ruling legalized the practice 41 years ago is equal to 10 times the population of Minnesota, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Wednesday in a special order floor speech.
“We can’t lose 56 million innocent American lives and not be changed. Just to put it in context, 56 million means the entire population of my state of Minnesota over 10 times over. That’s how many … have been lost to the carnage of abortion,” said Bachmann.
Bachmann was one of four congresswomen who took to the House floor Wednesday to mark the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Twenty-two congressmen and women in all gave speeches in support of the pro-life cause.
Since 1973, there have been over 56 million abortions in the U.S. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Minnesota had a population of 5.42 million people in 2013.
“But the other calculus is the loss to 56 million American women, women who have had ongoing, precious, innocent human life literally pulled from their body. ... I weap, and I mourn for women who have been lied to, women are forced into undergoing this very violent procedure that for many people altered their life forever. They can’t deal with the guilt. ... So, 56 million unborn children, 56 million women, also 56 million fathers. 56 million, who their child is the one that was unborn. I think we can do better,” Bachmann said.
“We have followed medical research that indicates infants can feel pain in the womb as early as the 20th week of pregnancy and passed legislation that would eliminate abortion after that time. ... I hope the day will soon come when the Supreme Court sees fit to overturn Roe and allow the people the ability to eliminate the practice of elective abortion entirely,” Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) said.
“As we fight to increase protection for life under the law, I believe it is equally as important to promote the respect for life emphasizing adoption as a loving alternative to abortion,” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) said.
Roby praised Agape of Central Alabama, an adoption agency in Alabama which offers crisis pregnancy counseling, adoption, foster care and outreach programs.
“It’s groups like Agape that help a woman with an unplanned pregnancy know about the loving non-judgmental way adoption works. It’s groups like Agape that give children the hope and opportunity to grow up healthy and happy. It’s groups like Agape that make it possible for families who don’t think they can ever have children to experience the unique blessing of adoption and be made whole. Mr. Speaker, Adoption is humanity’s recognition of the miracle of life,” said Roby.
They also brought attention to the March for Life, which will occur on the National Mall on Wednesday, Jan. 22.
“The first time that I marched on the mall in support of the unborn, I was a 28-year-old pregnant mother, pregnant with my second son Steven, and I’ll be honored to march again on the mall in memory this time, sadly, of 56 million abortions that have taken place since that dreadful day 41 years ago,” said Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.).
“That is roughly 1/5th 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,” she said.
“And even worse, is the emotional and the physical pain that millions of women have endured in the days, months, and years after their abortion. ... I am inspired by the many young people who energize this movement and who will join us next week on the mall," Wagner said.