(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said on Thursday that because modern technology can reveal fetal development in the womb, Americans are starting to ‘wake up’ and realize the reality that abortion ends a human life.
“And I am convinced more than ever that we’re asking that real question, ‘Does abortion really kill a baby?’” Franks said at a press conference on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest efforts by Republicans in the House to introduce legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers that receive taxpayer dollars through Title X Family Planning provisions.
“Because, ladies and gentlemen, if abortion really does kill a baby, then in this, the seat of freedom, we are living in the midst of the greatest human genocide in the history of humanity,” Franks said.
Franks said there are three other realities of abortion that include consequences for the unborn child, the mother and society as a whole.
“No. 1, a nameless little baby dies a lonely, tragic death,” Franks said. “No. 2, a mother is never the same, no matter what anybody tells you; and No. 3 all the gifts that that little baby might have brought to this human family are lost forever.”
Franks said he believes Americans understand that “all of God’s children have that divine image stamped on their souls” and then he quoted Thomas Jefferson.
“It was Thomas Jefferson [who] said that the care and protection of human life, and not its destruction, is the only object of good government,” Franks said.
Franks was one of more than a dozen House members who joined members of the House Pro-life Women’s Caucus and pro-life advocacy groups, all of which called for legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.
The campaign has taken on new steam in light of recent undercover videos produced by the pro-life youth advocacy group Live Action that show Planned Parenthood staff at abortion clinics in numerous states telling actors who claimed to be sex traffickers seeking abortion for their underage female workers that they would not ask questions about the girls or the “pimp” who was with them.
Franks said the videos and revelations at the press conference about other alleged crimes documented in past videos by Live Action, including Planned Parenthood staff not reporting sexual abuse of underage girls, “incredibly enlightening.”
“But the bottom line here is this is an organization that’s been the principal force behind the killing of nearly 50 million little Americans,” Franks said.
When asked by CNSNews.com how Congress could defund Planned Parenthood with a pro-abortion president like Barack Obama in the White House, Franks said the Constitution requires that all federal funding begin in the House.
“I hope the people on the relevant committees, appropriations committees, have the courage to do what’s right in that regard because a government is what it spends, and we are spending money killing our own children, and a country that is awash in the blood of its children can’t survive in the kind of republic that we have,” Franks said.