Republican Rep Clyde GA-9 doesn’t acknowledge the differences between opinion, science, and religious dogma

Transcript of a Floor Speech


An Unborn Child is A Human Life

Floor Speech

Date: Dec. 1, 2021
Location: Washington, DC

Mr. CLYDE. Madam Speaker, in light of the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments for the landmark Dobbs v. Jackson case earlier today, I would like to highlight what is truly at stake here; that is, millions of precious, innocent lives.

Lots of congressional officeholders use every opportunity available to take the floor and air their concerns regardless of whether their central topic relates to any current business of the House. Let’s be perfectly clear, the Constitution defines personhood: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” A fetus is not a person under Constitutional law. The Constitutional laws have affirmed the right of a woman to control her own fertility in consultation with her medical providers. It does NOT provide any mandated provisions implemented by persons not directly linked to the woman, with some exceptions for State laws. Politicians can make all the noise they want to about a woman’s right of choice and the ethical status of the Roe v Wade decision, but that’s as far as it goes. Even the Government cannot intrude except in late-term abortions which comprise less than 3% of all abortions performed in America. 

It all comes down to one simple fact: The presence of a heartbeat means the existence of life.

Again, no it does not – in medicine, nor in law. If you doubt that please contact Dr. Willem Kolff who inserted the first artificial heart in 1982. And to put a fine point on it – there are billions upon billions of other lifeforms on the planet that do not have a heart, or a brain. Guinness World Records officially named Curtis Means, born at 21 weeks and one day at UAB Hospital, the most premature infant to survive.

As early as 5 weeks, unborn babies in the womb can have a heartbeat. Furthermore, they start developing pain receptors just 2 short weeks later and are able to process pain by 15 weeks.

Mostly false. at five weeks a fetus is just beginning to develop a brain and a spinal cord

Anyone who claims an unborn child is not a human life is ignoring science, denying morality, and condoning murder. That is right: Murder.

This is an ontological argument not a statement supported by law, custom, or science. Plus it fails the legal test. The crusade against women’s bodily autonomy was invented, perpetuated, and executed by male doctors in the mid-nineteenth century in a bid for financial gain and the domination of a market over which, at the time, they had no control.

Even President Biden acknowledged back in 2015, “The moment of conception is a human life and being.” On this rare occasion, I sincerely agree with the President.

And then we have the above “appeal to authority” argument, such that if a famous person says something it must be universally true. That is a false presentation.

As an unapologetic pro-life American, I will never stop fighting for the sanctity of human life or defending the unborn.

Rep Clyde assumes the people he says this to do not go online to read precisely what he supports, and what he doesn’t. 

Here is what he said on the record: “I will fight to reduce the size of our federal government. This includes, but is not limited too, deregulating the 2nd Amendment by eliminating the taxation of firearms and passing the Hearing Protection Act. I will work to dismantle the corrupt IRS and implement a tax on the consumption of goods and services. We must protect the lives of the unborn (defund Planned Parenthood) and preserve the lives of those who have fought to defend our country. We can improve the VA by eliminating the bloat, not by increased spending. He is opposed to the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, but he supports lowering the tax on corporations and removing all restrictions on gun ownership. 

While we wait for further developments in this pivotal legal case, I am hopeful the eventual outcome will save countless innocent human lives and not add to the already 60-plus million who have lost their lives to abortion.

As one who has had experience with “an unwanted child” it behooves the righteous folks clamoring for “right to life” legislation to seek out someone who was unwanted, had to live in a series of foster homes, was subject to cruel and unusual punishment by disaffected parents, etc. An unwanted fetus will most likely become an unwanted child.

As Sister Joan Chittister said on PBS with Bill Moyer :

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.” 

To put that number of 60-plus million into some perspective, the number of Americans killed in combat in the entire history of our Nation, starting from the war of independence, is just under 667,000, or about 1 percent of the 60-plus million unborn babies who have died during the last five decades.

Rep Clyde and others have no evidence whatsoever on the total number of abortions performed in America in the past fifty years. The number of reported abortions in 2019 was roughly 630,000; but in the period 1980-1997 the average was over one million per year. In fact 1997 is marked as the beginning of a significant decrease in the annual number. And as anyone working in the field knows the reported cases are only an index of the total. Lots of women have had an abortion; but never went to a clinic or hospital for the procedure. I personally know two. 

I pray this crucial moment will confirm for all Americans that every life is precious, worth saving, and made in the perfect image of God. That revelation is a victory we should all celebrate.

Your religious faith should be personal, and what you believe should have no official standing in your duties as a House Representative from the Georgia Ninth district. 

He is making an appeal to Christian evangelicals and projecting an affinity with that theology. Fine, as far as it goes; but I prefer to see the tenets of that faith in action, not just words.

And finally, as Thomas Paine made clear a revelation can only occur to the original recipient, not to various second or third person individuals. 

1 comment to Republican Rep Clyde GA-9 doesn’t acknowledge the differences between opinion, science, and religious dogma

  • George Soros

    The folks who busy themselves proclaiming certain virtues strikes me as self-serving – it’s kinda like Nixon saying “I am not a crook.”

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