WASHINGTON, DC – In a floor speech today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urged the whole House to support H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Today marks two years since the conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of murdering three babies by severing their spinal cords following unsuccessful abortions.
Following are Boehner’s floor remarks, as prepared for delivery:
“My colleagues, I rise today to urge the whole House to support H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. H.R. 36 is the most pro-life legislation to ever come before this body. And it reflects the will of the American people.
“As such, it also reflects the contributions of many people and perspectives. Let me take this opportunity to thank Mrs. Black, Mr. Franks, Mr. Pitts, and Mr. Smith of New Jersey for their hard work bringing this bill to the floor. Let me also thank our Conference Chair, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, for her leadership. And I want to take a moment to recognize all the Americans who spoke out for this bill. Your voices have been heard.
“After all, we may have no higher obligation than to speak out for those who can’t speak for themselves – to defend the defenseless. That’s what this bill does. Because we know that, by five months in the womb, unborn babies are capable of feeling pain, and that it is morally wrong to inflict pain on an innocent human being. Protecting these lives is the right thing to do. And, again, a majority of Americans agree.
“My colleagues, growing up with 11 brothers and sisters, I didn’t need my parents to tell me that every child is a gift from God. But let me tell you, they did – early and often. Because that respect – that sanctity and dignity – is everything. A vote for this bill is a vote to protect innocent lives and protect our dearest values for generations to come. We should all be proud to take this stand today.”