Washington (CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told attendees Friday at the 45th Annual March for Life that House Republicans are striving to make their time in Congress a March for Life itself.
He listed a number of pro-life legislative achievements, including the passage of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act just minutes before the march began on Friday.
“We strive to make our time in Congress a March for Life itself. We strive to fight for the unborn, to pass important pro-life legislation through Congress, to work with the Trump administration to pass pro-life policies and laws. And you know what? We’re making a lot of progress. In the House, we passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood,” Ryan said.
“In the House, we passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which restricts abortion after 20 weeks. We’ve passed the Conscience Protection Act, which ensures no one is forced to produce an abortion against his or her will. Religious freedom is the 1st Amendment,” he said.
“It is the first protection of our Bill of Rights, and just a few minutes ago, today we passed the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act. It protects the lives of those babies who suffer from failed abortions, but most importantly, like the March for Life, we are striving to do this without judgment in our hearts, but with compassion and with love for all of the victims,” the speaker added.
The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz), who resigned from Congress last month because of sexual harassment allegations.
The legislation passed the House with a vote of 241-183, requires that doctors provide medical care to babies born alive during an abortion or attempted abortion procedure. Doctors who fail to provide medical care face a fine, up to five years in jail, or both.
Ryan told marchers that the pro-life movement is on the rise, “because science is on our side.”
“Just look at the ultrasounds that have shown us more about the preborn child than ever before - how they develop, how the react, how they feel pain. And most importantly, the pro-life movement is on the rise, because we have love on our side,” he said.
The speaker said pro-life activists are marching with love and hope, not hate and anger, like those “on the other side.”
“We believe every person is worthy of love and dignity. That is why the pro-life movement is on the rise. And you know one thing that gets sort of lost in this controversy is just how compassionate the pro-life movement really is,” Ryan said.
“I am so proud of the work that this movement has done to help women, especially women who’ve gone through the pain of abortion. This movement helps them find healing and acceptance,” the speaker said.
“I’m so proud of this movement and how it supports single mothers who are struggling to raise their children, how it gives them the resources through thousands of phenomenal crisis pregnancy centers around the country. This is the face of the pro-life movement,” he said.
“We’re so proud that the movement and what it is doing to reach out to past and present abortion workers, to help those with new perspectives find jobs and a fresh start. This is true compassion. This is real love. That’s what this movement is all about, and it’s why the March for Life is such a joyful march,” Ryan added.