Congressman Doug Lamborn: The effects of abortion on women, babies, and taxpayers
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the gavel as Speaker of the House, she said "I now call the House to order on behalf of all of America's children." No one can argue with that as far as it goes. However, the deep irony of those words is that later the same day, she tried to use the hard-earned money of taxpayers to end the lives of unborn children overseas.
The media and pro-abortion advocates want to avoid talking about Americans' growing opposition to abortion. A Marist Poll released earlier this month found that 54 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funding of domestic abortions, and a massive 75 percent oppose funding abortion overseas.
Additionally, the polling company, inc./WomanTrend just released findings showing that given the option between funding Federally Qualified Health Centers that do not perform abortions or funding Planned Parenthood, whose central mission is abortion, millennials preferred to fund FQHCs by a three to one margin.
And yet, taxpayer money is still funneled to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.
Government leaders should listen to the people they represent, and commit to no longer forcing them to pay for a practice that the majority of taxpayers view as a moral wrong.
Polls show that people oppose abortion, yet we know the choice that many Americans face each day.
The choice many women and men face to keep or abort a baby is a difficult and emotional one. Most often, the decision is based on finances, career, and family dynamic. At the end of every day, the people affected are just that - people. The reality is abortion has deeply rocked our communities at a very personal level. It hits closer to home than a national debate or two political parties. Those considering having or supporting an abortion may be our children, our parents, and our brothers and sisters.
As Frederica Mathewes-Green so powerfully wrote:
For the question remains, do women want abortion?... Like an animal caught in a trap, trying to gnaw off its own leg, a woman who seeks abortion is trying to escape a desperate situation by an act of violence and self-loss. Abortion is not a sign that women are free, but a sign that they are desperate.
The solution for a person caught in a trap is not to make them learn to enjoy it, or ignore the pain and indignity of it, but rather to set them free, to give them a better choice. Legislators at the state and federal level would do well to remember that abortion is not the solution, but evidence of a problem.
Mathewes-Green concluded, "Women's rights are not in conflict with their own children's rights; the appearance of such a conflict is a sign that something is wrong in society."
What if, instead of promoting abortion to children and trying to pretend it isn't painful or morally wrong, we as individuals, communities, and leaders, considered how to address the real problem?
Abortion is never something to be celebrated. It is a failure of our society to provide support to someone in need.
Let's stand up for children, as Speaker Nancy Pelosi said. But let's remember that standing up for women and standing up for children means defending them and giving each one — born and unborn alike — the best possible chance at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Congressman Doug Lamborn is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives representing Colorado's Fifth Congressional District and the author of fetal tissue protection laws in the Colorado State Senate and the U.S. Congress.