Martha Roby: Defending the sanctity of life

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Abortion is a topic many people really don’t want to think about or talk about. Rarely are Americans confronted with the gruesome realities of the abortion industry, and I think many are fine being none the wiser.

But, shocking videos recently surfaced showing top Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting and sale of lungs, hearts and livers from aborted babies. If you haven’t seen them, I encourage you to watch, though be forewarned that they are pretty sickening.

The callous and casual way that these officials talk about performing abortions to preserve specific organs for distribution is deeply disturbing. One official even goes so far as to say they need a “less crunchy” method to obtain intact organs, and continues by joking about needing to price the tissues high enough because she “wants a Lamborghini.”

You don’t have to be staunchly pro-life like me to be unnerved by these shocking revelations. As disturbing as this rhetoric is in and of itself, think about what these words imply. These senior officials are openly admitting to deliberately altering the way in which abortions are performed so that they achieve the outcome they want: unborn baby organs to put on the market. For organization that claims these unborn babies don’t constitute life, its providers sure seem to place a premium on their tiny hearts, lungs and livers. These doctors are completely breaking with protocol and legal requirements, which is something even those who aren’t pro-life cannot and should not ignore.

I have been very outspoken on this issue, calling for serious investigations to take place. Committees of jurisdiction in Congress have already laid the ground work for an inquiry, and Attorney General Lorretta Lynch said the Department of Justice would “review” the information.

Legislatively, I am highlighting the need to further protect the unborn under the law and to stop taxpayer dollars from flowing to Planned Parenthood. I’ve joined my friend, Representative Diane Black (R-TN), on a bill to immediately prohibit taxpayer funds from going to this organization. No American should be forced to have their tax dollars support such an organization, so we are working hard to make that so.

We also will be highlighting the need to enact a restriction on late-term abortions after 5 months, or 20 weeks, of pregnancy. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in May, and we are urging our Senate counterparts to take it up and send it to President Obama.

I believe I have the responsibility to fight to protect those who cannot defend themselves. We’re not done talking about this issue.

Martha Roby represents Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District. She is currently serving her third term.


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