Marching in defense of life
Each year, people travel to Washington, D.C. from all over the United States to demonstrate peacefully on behalf of the unborn as part of the March for Life. It warms my heart to see so many people - many of them young Nebraskans - braving the elements to remind our national leaders that we value life in its earliest form.
Since the inaugural March for Life in 1974, which drew around 20,000 people, the number of participants has grown into the hundreds of thousands. Each person marching represents many more Americans who believe defending the sanctity of human life is essential to defending our freedom as a society.
There are indications the rising generation is the most pro-life generation in recent memory. Advancements in ultrasound imaging technology have made it increasingly difficult to overlook the humanity of unborn children. The Trump Administration has taken several encouraging steps as Vice President Pence continues to affirm the hope that the current generation will restore the right to life.
Tragically, the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision led to federal abortion laws on par with countries whose human rights records are among the worst in the world, including North Korea and China. We remain one of only seven countries that permit abortions on demand after 20 weeks of pregnancy - an age at which studies have proven babies can feel pain.
This is why I am proud to cosponsor the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which recognizes an unborn child who has reached 20 weeks of development is capable of feeling pain and would therefore prohibit abortions past this point. As one of 12 states which have enacted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law, Nebraska serves as an example to the rest of the country in its commitment to protecting the unborn.
I am also a cosponsor of several other bills to protect the unborn, including one to guarantee them equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Another would permanently prohibit the use of taxpayer funds to carry out abortions, such as in the case of Planned Parenthood.
Many of these bills are introduced each Congress in an effort to protect as many lives as possible until Roe v. Wade can be overturned. Some of them passed the House under Republican control, but fell short of Senate consideration. Respect for human life must be a cornerstone of public policy. To everyone who has devoted their time and effort to the cause of life, I thank you. I will continue to stand with you and defend those who cannot defend themselves.