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By John Boehner, at his reception of the Henry Hyde Award   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010

Americans love life, and we love freedom. They're both intertwined, permanently, as part of the American character. America is a nation built on freedom. And without respect for life, freedom is in jeopardy.

When human life takes a back seat to other priorities – personal comforts, economics – freedom is diminished. By contrast, when we affirm the dignity of life, we affirm our commitment to freedom.

These are fundamentals in the American experience. And they have real implications for government and those who are entrusted with power.

For elected leaders, it means we should always err on the side of life.

It means we must always respect the dignity of life, at all stages – from conception and birth, to the end of life, and everything in between.

It means we have a moral obligation to defend the defenseless. And there is nothing more defenseless, or more innocent, or more pure, than an unborn baby.

The defense of life and the defense of freedom are necessarily linked. We know this to be true. And if we accept it, then the current political agenda in Washington is a threat to freedom.
 
 
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