Dem Co-Chair of Pro-Life Caucus: ‘Without the Right to Life, No Other Rights Can Exist’

( – The right to life is the most important right of American citizens, Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) said at a news conference to mark the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

“Yesterday, we heard from President Obama in his inauguration harkening back to our founders, who laid out our God-given, inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Lipinski, co-chairman of the House Pro-life Caucus, said on Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

“And we all know that without the right to life, no other rights can exist,” Lipinski said.

Calling that right “the foundation of our country,” Lipinski said the high court’s decision “took away that right to life for the most vulnerable amongst us.”

Lipinski joined Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the caucus, and Diane Black (R-Tenn.), who held the conference to introduce to the media women who shared their stories on how abortion resulted in years of suffering for them, from myriad problems, including depression and anxiety to eating disorders.


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  1. sweet anny
    Jan 23, 2013 @ 16:28:44

    women who shared their stories on how abortion resulted in years of suffering for them, from myriad problems, including depression and anxiety to eating disorders.

    I’ll see you those unfortunates, but raise you the myriads of women who have suffered through an unplanned, unwanted, and just plain untenable motherhood, resulting in in years of suffering for them, from myriad problems, including depression and anxiety to eating disorders in the unfortunate children these women were forced to bear.

    Which category of heartache is larger, do you think?

    I wish these folks that have no danger of being in either circumstance.would stop pontificating to the rest of us about things they know little. This is not an issue to be simplified by soundbites and religiosity. This is real life, and if you don’t like it, at least try to understand it.


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Jan 23, 2013 @ 20:51:26

      And beyond that, Sweet Anny, didn’t God give us free will? Isn’t abortion between the woman and her god? People who get in the middle of that are usually (not always) only interested in taking a self-righteous stand, but then are the first to cut programs for children. Every fertilized egg must be born, but then, by god, they’re on their own. Don’t get me wrong; I think abortion should be rare and not used as birth control. In closing, I would just like to point out that being pro-choice doesn’t mean being pro-abortion.


  2. akbatgirly
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 01:34:37

    There are so many variables in a decision to abort a pregnancy, that I see no way to pass laws against it without completely infringing on a woman’s right to do what is best in her own situation, tragic or not as it may be.

    I trust women. They know when a pregnancy is going to work or not, and nobody “wants” to have an abortion. If there wasn’t a lot of suffering going on back when abortion was illegal, they never would have legalized it. People forget how bad it was. Kind of like this constant hearkening back to an idyllic 1950’s America. Only it wasn’t so good for women, Blacks, or the environment, was it?

    Saying that only God can decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy is ridiculous. I had over a dozen early miscarriages. God supposedly wanted those potential children dead, if I use religious explanations. And He would have killed off the two that I did successfully have if I hadn’t used modern medicine to preserve the pregnancies. Yes, I apparently thwarted God’s will, and I have no regrets! Actually, I’ve come to the conclusion that God could not possibly micro-manage people’s lives the way some would believe. He simply does not seem to sweat the small stuff, or perhaps He doesn’t even exist. If He does exist, He does seem to be the quiet type, but people sure do have a tendency to put words in His mouth!

    The reality is, that women have miscarriages all the time and don’t realize it. I see no difference between a woman having an extremely common early miscarriage and a woman choosing to terminate an early pregnancy. There appears to be no suffering involved. Reports that most women experience terrible side effects from abortion are fabricated, as studies have shown.

    I’m sure that yes, some women regret the decision, but they are not a reason to take away the rights of all other women to decide their own fates. What a paternalistic bunch of hooey. Most of us know our own mind and make the right decisions for ourselves. I for one, would not take that right away from my own daughter, no matter how I might potentially disagree with her own life decisions.


  3. Kate McLaughlin
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 08:18:36

    Love how that right to life doesn’t include the “incubator”.


  4. karen503
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 08:34:53

    The equanimity and understanding displayed by the commenters at that link above (except for me, when I quoted sweet anny’s very straightforward comment there) is totally lacking. They’re fanatics.


  5. Syrin
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 14:40:52

    I’ve be led to believe by Democrats that the core of their issues are all about the children. This issue has evolved to become a political weapon by some! Lets remember we all have opinions and this is mine, only in part! I find it very interesting that the Left is shouting for law-abiding, well mannered, adult American citizens – from whom the government derives its right to govern – to have their 2nd Amendment right of owning weapons to be forcibly taken from them when the same political crowd not only endures the staggering volume of termination of innocent life on a scale that would make any mass murderer cringe, but also glories in it. Perhaps the right to choose (women, incubators) should be before you become pregnant with that unwanted child. Yes yes yes! There are awlful situations that women find themselves in. Such as rape and incest and so on. However, the rate of abortions for this reason is less than 1%!


    • WakeUpAmerica
      Jan 24, 2013 @ 20:29:25

      There is a clear inverse relationship between access to birth control and number of abortions.


  6. akbatgirly
    Jan 24, 2013 @ 23:47:02

    Agreed, birth control needs to be cheap and available………….and abortion avoided if possible. But I don’t get hung up on believing that a tiny clump of cells without nerve endings, eyes, or a brain has the same value as twenty six year olds who were mowed down by a guy who had easy access to semi-automatic weapons whose only purpose is for target shooting or killing as many people as possible.

    I’m pretty sure that the disappointment that I felt from each of my dozen plus early miscarriages is nothing compared to what the parents of those first graders are experiencing. It’s all a matter of perspective I guess. And on this issue, I simply don’t get the other sides.


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