.- Members of the U.S. Congress reflected on the negative effects of almost forty years of legal abortion in America, but said they are encouraged that the pro-life movement continues to gain momentum.
The estimated thousands of people who will âdescend upon Washingtonâ for the Jan. 23 March for Life, remind the country of its obligation âto protect life and be stewardsâ of God's creation, said Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.).
Jan. 22 marks the 39-year anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.
Rep. Ellmers told CNA on Jan. 20 that the protection of life is âa mission that is very near and dear to my heart.â The Congresswoman explained that she worked as a nurse for more than 21 years which taught her âthat every life is a precious gift from God.â
âIâve held the hands of newborn infants, and Iâve held the hands of elderly patients in the last moments of their lives,â she said. âI have witnessed firsthand how fragile and delicate our lives are and the miracles that take place every day.â
Rep. Ellmers said that the March for Life is important because it âserves as a powerful reminder of the injustice taking place in our country and the millions of lives lost but not forgotten.â
Congressman Ron Paul (R-TX) said he believes that Americaâs âlove for libertyâ can be measured by how âthe most innocentâ members of society are treated.
âAnd the pro-life movement has played an extremely important role in fighting to make sure innocent life is protected,â he told CNA.
Rep. Paul, who is currently running for Republican presidential candidate, said that there is still âmuch work to doâ to protect the unborn.
He said that he would work as president to effectively repeal Roe v. Wade and would support legislation defining life as beginning at conception.
Thirty-nine years after the Supreme Court decision âthat opened the door for abortion in our country,â Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) called abortion âa very important issueâ that needs to be addressed today.
He told CNA on Jan. 20 that the pro-life movement is fighting an âuphill battleâ against the âculture of deathâ that permeates much of the secular media.
However, he also observed that progress had been made in recent years, particularly at the state level.
Rep. Lipinski said that he is always inspired by the number of young people at the March for Life, who remind him that âthere is hopeâ for the future.
He believes the pro-life movement is âpicking up more and more supportâ across the country and that progress will continue to be made âstep by step.â
âWhen it really comes down to it,â he said, âwhat we need to do is change the hearts and minds of the American people.â