(CNSNews.com) - Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa said on the House floor on Tuesday that legalized abortion is “the worst atrocity ever committed on American soil” and that it “was sanctified by the Supreme Court."
King, who is the primary sponsor of a federal bill that would prohibit abortion once an unborn baby has a heartbeat, was reflecting on a state law signed last week by Gov. Kim Reynolds of Iowa that outlaws aborting unborn babies if they have a heartbeat.
The Iowa law is a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that declared abortion a constitutional right. That 7-2 opinion was authored by Justice Harry Blackmun, who had been appointed to the court by Republican President Richard Nixon.
King noted that far more babies have been aborted in the United States since Roe than the number of Americans who died in the Civil War.
“As this turned out, 600,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War, putting an end to slavery—600,000,” said King. “It sounds like a lot until you compare it to 60 million babies aborted.”
“This is the worst atrocity ever—accumulated effect of it—the worst atrocity ever committed on American soil, and it was sanctified by the Supreme Court in an unsoundly founded decision,” said King.
King’s federal “Heartbeat Protection Act” currently has 171 cosponsors in the House.
Here is the excerpt from King’s floor speech where he explains why he believes abortion is the “worst atrocity ever committed on American soil:”
“Yet our society, our culture, our civilization gives such reverence to the United States Supreme Court that they can’t even get their minds around the idea of: What do you do if the Court comes down with an atrocious, outrageous, erroneous, nonconstitutional decision that visits 60 million deaths of innocent babies on our country and another 60 million babies who are not born because of a result of it? A missing 100 to 120 million babies—a decision of the Supreme Court.
“And what do we do? We accept the decision as if the decisions of the Supreme Court are utterly sacrosanct, and the only way they can ever change is if the circumstances of that Court should change in such a way that the appointments and the confirmations to the Court could transform and reverse the erroneous decisions in the past.
“Now, there are circumstances where the Supreme Court has reversed their own decision. We had the Dred Scott decision that actually wasn’t reversed. That was a decision on slavery. Some say that that was an erroneous, poorly found decision.
“I think I side with Abraham Lincoln that it was constitutional at its time. It probably was a decision that conformed to the Constitution, however morally wrong it was.
“Then along came the 13th, the 14th, and the 15th Amendments that rectified the situation that was put upon us by Dred Scott. And, by the way, 600,000 lives lost in the Civil War, putting an end to slavery and resolving the Union.
“Was the Union going to be something that one could separate from, or once you are part of the Union are you always part of the Union? And, as this turned out, 600,000 Americans were killed in the Civil War, putting an end to slavery—600,000. It sounds like a lot until you compare it to 60 million babies aborted, Mr. Speaker.
“This is the worst atrocity ever—accumulated effect of it—the worst atrocity ever committed on American soil, and it was sanctified by the Supreme Court in an unsoundly founded decision.”