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Waltz Gives First House Floor Speech on the Eve of the March for Life

Waltz: “Our nation was founded on the notion every American has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As legislators, we are bound to protect these rights, especially as they relate to our most vulnerable population -- which is why we cannot ignore the fundamental right of an unborn child to live.”

“Our nation was founded on the notion every American has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As legislators, we are bound to protect these rights, especially as they relate to our most vulnerable population -- which is why we cannot ignore the fundamental right of an unborn child to live,” Waltz said.

Last night, on the eve of the March for Life in Washington, Congressman Michael Waltz (FL-R), whose district includes Flagler and Volusia counties as well as parts of Lake and St. Johns counties, marked the upcoming 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision with his first speech on the House Floor.

Waltz, who has a teenage daughter, gave a personal testament to his belief that the lives of the unborn should be protected.

“Now, Mister Speaker, as a Special Forces operator I’ve been to war,” Waltz said. “Frankly, I’ve seen horrible things. And yet, I still believe abortion is one of the greater tragedies of our generation. And I believe in time, future generations will look back at this era in American history and condemn us for the millions of children we allowed to be taken by it. Because the truth is, each life, from the moment it begins to exist, is a precious person. And therefore, has a fundamental, God-given right to live.”

Read a transcript of Waltz’s full floor speech below and watch it here.

Waltz: We Cannot Ignore the Fundamental Right of an Unborn Child to Live

January 17, 2019

House Floor

https://youtu.be/2xcI8uTSBN8

“I stand before you today as we approach the 46th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, to speak on behalf of Americans that cannot speak for themselves.

“Our nation was founded on the notion every American has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As legislators, we are bound to protect these rights, especially as they relate to our most vulnerable population -- which is why we cannot ignore the fundamental right of an unborn child to live.

“While Roe v. Wade may be a law of the land, I’m here today because I, along with many of my fellow Floridians, disagree with it. I believe it is incumbent on this Institution to debate the definition of life as well as our authority and responsibility to protect it.

“As a father, I’ve had the privilege of watching my daughter grow from a tiny blip on a monitor, to a beautiful baby girl, to the strong, courageous young woman she is today. When I look at her, my heart breaks for the children whose lives have been and continue to be taken from them just as they are beginning.

“These children could have been future doctors, lawyers, Members of Congress, teachers, servicemembers -- anything they wanted. But unfortunately, because of a Court decision made nearly 46 years ago, we’ll never know who those children would have become.

“Now, Mister Speaker, as a Special Forces operator I’ve been to war. Frankly, I’ve seen horrible things. And yet, I still believe abortion is one of the greater tragedies of our generation. And I believe in time, future generations will look back at this era in American history and condemn us for the millions of children we allowed to be taken by it. Because the truth is, each life, from the moment it begins to exist, is a precious person. And therefore, has a fundamental, God-given right to live.

“On this anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I stand with my colleagues in solidarity for the lives lost and pray for the mothers and fathers that face difficult circumstances surrounding new life.”

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