Markup Statement of Congressman Doug Collins
H.R. 1797, the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, as amended”
Mr. Chairman, I thank the gentleman from Arizona for his tireless leadership on this issue. Like you, I speak on behalf of those who do not yet have a voice – the yet-to-be born daughters and sons of our nation.
We have a sacred responsibility to protect the lives of unborn children.
Medical advances in recent decades allow doctors to help preborn babies in ways we never thought possible.
Tragically, some ignore these scientific breakthroughs – as well as common sense – to justify the killing of the unborn.
This issue is very personal to me.
When my wife, Lisa, was pregnant with our first child, we learned that our daughter, Jordan, was affected by a severe form of spina bifida.
We were shocked when people approached us after Jordan’s diagnosis, saying we had a “choice” about whether to keep our daughter.
We knew then that Jordan was a gift from God, and there was a plan and purpose for her life.
We believe that fact more strongly than ever today, and we cannot imagine life without Jordan.
I know my family is not alone.
Many folks have welcomed children into the world in the midst of difficult circumstances – not because it was easy, but because it was right.
The vast majority of folks in Georgia’s Ninth District understand that life is a gift from God that should be protected – not snuffed out when deemed inconvenient or challenging.
Last year, I was proud to be part of the effort in the Georgia legislature to pass a similar bill to protect unborn pain-capable children, which was ultimately signed by Governor Nathan Deal.
Georgia and eight other states have laws on the books specifically protecting pain-capable children, and other state legislatures are considering similar bills this year.
In light of the recent trial of Kermit Gosnell, during which the atrocities of late-term abortion were on full display, there has never been a better time to extend protections to pain-capable children in our nation’s capital.
I support this legislation because I believe preborn babies across the nation deserve the same protection as those in Georgia.
I’m proud to cast my vote for this bill in Committee, and I look forward to doing so on the House floor. I yield back.