Republican Senator James Lankford defended the lives of the unborn when he delivered a passionate speech on the Senate floor Wednesday.
In his remarks, the Oklahoma Republican said unborn children have value and ought to be afforded the same protections by the government as any other human.
As the Western Journal reports, Lankford said his Democratic colleagues were too comfortable using euphemisms for abortion, which he again described as a grueling process ultimately ending in the loss of the child’s life.
“Reproductive care seems like such a nice little euphemism but what it really means is paying someone in a clinic to reach into the womb with a surgical instrument to pull the arms and legs off of a child in the womb, so that they will bleed to death in the womb and then suction out the little boy or girl’s body parts one at a time,” Lankford graphically described.
“That’s what reproductive care means. And I don’t understand why that’s normal, but leaving a child in the back seat of a hot car is a tragedy. Maybe it’s because as a nation, some people are afraid to answer the most obvious question: Is that a baby?” he asked, pointing to 3-D imaging of an unborn child.
Lankford echoed his question again.
“That’s the most obvious question. That face, that nose, those two eyes, that mouth, that chin, those fingers — is that a baby?” he repeated. “That’s really the only question. Is that a child? Everything else flows from that.”
Lankford then specifically mentioned newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden, who released a statement celebrating the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortions across the country.
“President Biden this week celebrated the passage of Roe v. Wade by declaring that he wants to pass a federal law requiring abortion to be provided in every single state in America,” Lankford continued. “Not just a court decision from 1973, he wants us to proactively require in statute that every state demands abortion in their state.”
“And that the federal taxpayers with hard-earned tax dollars should actually be required to pay for those abortions all over America,” he added.
Lankford noticed the rhetoric from the president is much different that previous comments Biden made about abortion when he was in Congress.
“It wasn’t long ago that Senator Biden was saying things like, ‘Taxpayers shouldn’t be required to pay for abortion. They shouldn’t be required to pay for something that they find so morally objectionable.’ It wasn’t that long ago, Senator Biden was talking about abortion being safe, legal and rare.”
The Republican lawmaker then mentioned Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra.
Lankford described Becerra as someone who “has actually no health care experience at all.”
“It’s a little surprising to a lot of us when we saw it, because we are used to seeing the leader of Health and Human Services be a physician or scientist,” he added.
“Which would make sense in the time of an enormous global pandemic to have a physician leading health and human services, but he actually nominated someone that his biggest qualification is he is one of the most radical advocates for abortion in the country,” Lankford also said.
The Senator then returned to the issue of abortion, where he said Democratic lawmakers should be at least comfortable to say that a child that survives an abortion attempt and is naturally delivered should be given essential medical attention and kept alive.
“It should be baseline for us to be able to say, ‘If a child is actually delivered in a botched abortion and had been fully delivered outside the womb, we should help that child get medical care.’ I don’t understand why that’s so hard,” Lankford said.
“I don’t understand why it’s so hard to say, ‘Some people are absolutely appalled by the taking of a child’s life. Don’t force them with their tax dollars to pay for it.’ I don’t understand why that’s controversial,” he added.
And, “I don’t understand why it’s controversial that when a child can feel pain in the womb, that we shouldn’t dismember a child in the womb. I don’t understand why that’s controversial.”
I don’t understand why it’s controversial to some that if a health care provider who has sworn to protect life, that that person shouldn’t be compelled to take life in an abortion procedure by their employer. I don’t understand why that’s controversial. But for some reason, it is.
How can you look at that picture and say, “That’s not a human child?” How can we not acknowledge the simple facts? Now, I do understand for some people, this is very difficult because they fought for years for abortion, and they don’t want that to change, because if it changes, they would have to admit there have been deaths of millions of children on their watch.
That is not a simple thing to admit. But please do not tell me you’re following the science. Because that child has ten fingers and ten toes and a beating heart and a functioning nervous system. That child has DNA that’s different than the mom or the dad.
That’s not random tissue. That is a separate person, and science would confirm that, so please don’t tell me you follow the science wherever it goes, because some facts are obvious. And the science is clear.
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