Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Representing the 2nd District of Oklahoma
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My Fight for the Unborn Will Never End

Jan 15, 2016
Mullin' It Over Column
by Congressman Markwayne Mullin

You have often heard that there is power in numbers, but you also have heard that “the squeaky wheel gets the grease.” To get your voice heard, sometimes you have to gather those who are like-minded, travel to Washington and let your voice be heard.

That is what supporters of the right to life are doing Friday, Jan. 22 in the annual March for Life. Those making the trip will rally on the grounds of the Washington Monument and then make a reflective march on Constitution Avenue to show support for the unborn. They will listen to first-hand accounts of the pain suffered by mothers who underwent an abortion, and hear about the hope these same mothers found in healing.

Those making the trip will also visit with me and other members of Congress to make their voices heard.

During these visits, I will share that we have had a lot of wins recently in Washington, but we have not been able to provide the full protection of life. It is not that we haven’t been working on it.

We sent a bill to the president’s desk that repeals parts of Obamacare and stops abortion providers, like Planned Parenthood, from being able to receive federal funds through Medicaid and Title X programs. The president vetoed this bill like we expected he would.

Later this month, we will be working to override his veto; however, even if we are not able to get the numbers for the override, the fact that we were able to get this bill to the president’s desk is very important. Americans from all over the country have spent the last six months making sure their elected officials know it is unacceptable for any abortion provider to receive one cent of federal funding, period – no matter what other health services they provide. We made sure their voices were heard by getting a bill to the president’s desk that blocks abortionists from receiving funding from all federal programs.

So what did we learn? Two things: First, we know that this president will never budge on his pro-abortion stance. Second, we now have proof that if Republicans maintain control of the House and Senate, there is no reason why we would not be able to pass this bill through Congress under a Republican president.

This is why November matters. As the March for Life gets underway this week in Washington, a similar march will get underway that evening in Tulsa with the theme: Every Life is Sacred. As our friends and neighbors gather at both locations to make a public stand for their beliefs, we must do all that we can to join in the fight for those shared values and beliefs and ensure that every life is sacred.

The March for Life is a call for an end to abortion. It is held annually to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, with the hope that someday it will be overturned.

I will join those who are making this march by continuing the fight. I promise to continue working to protect the unborn by ensuring that no health care group that also performs abortions receives federal dollars. My fight for the unborn will never end.