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Walorski: Abortion Sold as Health Care Is Sickening Violation of Human Dignity

Walorski: Abortion Sold as Health Care Is Sickening Violation of Human Dignity

“The truth is on our side, and in the end, the truth will prevail.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today voted against H.R. 3755, the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” bill that would override pro-life laws around the country. This legislation would allow abortion at any time, for any reason up until birth. It also would prohibit protections for unborn children on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, and disability.

Ahead of the vote, Congresswoman Walorski spoke on the House Floor to implore her colleagues to join her in rejecting this extreme anti-life legislation.

“Every single person – born and unborn – should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. But this ‘Abortion on Demand’ bill would destroy our country’s future,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “[Indiana abortionist Dr. Ulrich Klopfer] left a legacy of death and destruction. That is what extreme looks like. Abortion sold as ‘health care’ is a sickening violation of human dignity that Americans should not and cannot tolerate.”

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full remarks as prepared below and watch the video from the House Floor:

In America, the condition of a child’s birth doesn’t determine the outcome of their life.

Every single person – born and unborn – should have the opportunity to live the American Dream. But this “Abortion on Demand” bill would destroy our country’s future.

Today we are embarking on the biggest step backward in our nation’s history. This vote could be the most consequential vote that any of us take.

The science is even more clear than it was in 1973 – a child in the womb is a living person.

And yet, my colleagues on the other side remain obsessed with killing unborn babies in the name of “female empowerment.”

Many supporters of this bill like to call pro-life Americans and our convictions extreme. But, I have seen extreme – I have witnessed the cruelty of abortion, and it is ugly.

In South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Ulrich Klopfer provided abortions for decades. When he died in 2019, his family found the medically-preserved remains of 2,411 children hidden in his garage.

That is 2,411 human babies preserved in formaldehyde in jars in his garage. 

This abortionist left a legacy of death and destruction. That is what extreme looks like.

Abortion sold as ‘health care’ is a sickening violation of human dignity that Americans should not and cannot tolerate. And so I ask, will we allow this to happen again?

As a nation, we have an obligation to future generations to reject “abortion on demand” and to fight for life.

I implore my colleagues to join me in opposing this bill and standing for life.

The truth is on our side, and in the end, the truth will prevail.

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Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski Opposes Radical Abortion Bill: “Science and the Truth Are on Our Side”

Walorski Opposes Radical Abortion Bill: “Science and the Truth Are on Our Side”

Indiana Abortionist Klopfer, Who Hid Preserved Remains of 2,411 Children, Exemplifies Abortion Culture’s Callous Disregard of Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) spoke in strong opposition to the Democrats’ radical “abortion on demand” legislation that would override pro-life laws in Indiana and around the country to allow for abortion at any time, under any circumstance.

On the House Floor, Congresswoman Walorski recounted the horrific actions of Indiana abortionist Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer who provided abortions in Indiana for decades. After his death in 2019, Klopfer’s family discovered the medically-persevered remains of 2,411 children hidden in a garage. As a pro-life leader in Congress, Rep. Walorski has worked to expose Klopfer’s deadly practices and prevent future atrocities.

“The Democrats’ effort to advance ‘abortion on demand’ across the nation could be the most consequential legislation of my lifetime…In Indiana, Dr. Klopfer had countless victims – both unborn babies and mothers – and he represents a grotesque violation of human dignity that American society should not and cannot tolerate,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “We have an obligation to the next generation to oppose this extreme anti-life effort and to uphold the sanctity of life… Science is on our side, and the truth is on our side. Our enduring commitment to life will prevail.”

The Democrats’ legislation, H.R. 3755, would override pro-life laws around the country to allow for abortion for any reason and at stage of pregnancy up until birth. This radical bill:

  • Allows for discriminatory abortions on the basis of a baby’s sex, race, and disability.
  • Overrides pro-life laws and prohibits states from enacting legislation that protects unborn children, such as protections for babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
  • Removes protections for women and children. For example, it would not allow states to enact laws to ensure parental involvement for minors or laws to protect women from coercion.
  • Includes vague language that could also weaken conscience protections for medical professionals and limit their right to refuse to participate in an abortion.

Read Congresswoman Walorski’s full remarks as prepared below and watch the video from the House Floor:

Mr. Speaker, this week the House is considering radical legislation that would unravel fundamental human rights and obliterate pro-life laws across our nation.

The Democrats’ effort to advance “abortion on demand” across the nation could be the most consequential legislation of my lifetime.

Much has changed since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973. Four decades later, our medical capabilities and understanding is far better. And, with incredible advancements in modern sonograms and imaging, there can be no doubt that a child in the womb is a living person deserving of life.

And yet, in this moment we are about to embark on the biggest step back in our nation’s history.

Right now, lives are on the line.

Some of this bill’s supporters like to call pro-life Americans and our convictions extreme. But, I have seen extreme.

At home in South Bend, Indiana, I saw what an extreme abortionist can do – and it is sickening beyond words.

Dr. Ulrich “George” Klopfer provided abortions in Indiana for decades. When he died in 2019, his family found the medically-preserved remains of 2,411 children hidden in his garage. That’s nearly 2,500 human beings.

Law enforcement officials believe that the remains were gathered from his so-called medical practices in Indiana between 2000 and 2003.  

Dr. Klopfer had countless victims – both unborn babies and mothers – and he represents a grotesque violation of human dignity that American society should not and cannot tolerate. This abortionist revealed a callous disregard for life.

If that isn’t extreme, I don’t know what is.

Every human life is precious, and every person deserves dignity. We have an obligation to the next generation to oppose this extreme anti-life effort and to uphold the sanctity of life.

I am proud to join with millions of pro-life Americans to oppose “abortion on demand” and to defend the right to life. Science is on our side, and the truth is on our side.  Our enduring commitment to life will prevail. 

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Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski: “I Believe in the American Dream and in Every American’s Ability to Achieve It”

Walorski: “I Believe in the American Dream and in Every American’s Ability to Achieve It”

W&M Democrats Strike Down Hyde Amendment Protections on Their $3.5 Trillion Tax and Spend Spree

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House Ways and Means Committee markup on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) spoke out against the Democrats’ obstruction of Hyde Amendment protections on this massive spending bill.  Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has banned taxpayer funding for elective abortion, saving lives and safeguarding Americans’ conscience rights.

“I believe in the American dream and in every American’s ability to achieve it. That’s why House Republicans have been united in our efforts to protect the unborn and prevent taxpayer funding for abortion,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “A majority of Americans — nearly 60 percent — agree that tax dollars should not be used to fund elective abortions…In this committee, we should acknowledge the stark reality that there is a broad consensus that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion.”

Late last night, committee Democrats unanimously rejected Rep. Kevin Brady’s amendment to restore Hyde Amendment protections to Obamacare subsidies included in the legislation, which would ensure that taxpayer dollars would not be used to fund elective abortion services.

Watch Congresswoman Walorski’s Remarks on Vital Hyde Protections

BACKGROUND

As a strong pro-life leader in Congress, Rep. Walorski has been leading the fight to save the Hyde Amendment and defend the sanctity of human life.

In February 2021, Rep. Walorski introduced an amendment to restore Hyde protections to the previous budget reconciliation package. Unfortunately, committee Democrats again rejected her amendment on a party line vote.

Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has saved more than 2 million lives. For nearly half a century, this provision has maintained widespread bipartisan support.

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Walorski: Dems’ $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Spree Would Hinder – Not Help –Hardworking Families

Walorski: Dems’ $3.5 Trillion Tax-and-Spend Spree Would Hinder – Not Help –Hardworking Families

“Democrats want to give Washington more control over how Americans live, work, and make decisions for their families from cradle to grave.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the House Ways and Means Committee markup on the Democrats’ $3.5 trillion tax and spend spree, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) has rejected this radical attempt to expand “cradle to grave” control of Americans’ lives, work, and families.

This behemoth spending bill would impose new taxes on American families and small businesses, as well as worsen the Biden Administration’s inflation crisis that already is wreaking havoc on our economy and hindering our recovery from the pandemic. As our nation faces multiple crises at home and abroad, the Democrats remain committed to pushing their radical left-wing agenda.

“Instead of focusing on oversight of the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan or saving American citizens, we’re here to give this inept administration $3.5 trillion dollars for the biggest entitlement expansion in a generation,” said Congresswoman Walorski in her opening remarks. “This big-government wish list reveals the most urgent priorities of the Majority and the White House – leaving Americans behind and bankrolling socialist programs with taxpayer dollars.”

As small businesses experience a “help wanted” crisis across the country, this spending bill would exponentially expand entitlement programs, promote “welfare without work,” and keep an entire generation of workers on the sidelines.

“Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of ensuring that people have a pathway to achieve the American Dream,” continued Congresswoman Walorski, who serves as the top Republican on the Worker and Family Subcommittee. “The biggest question is whether we need new massive federal entitlement programs.  And the answer is we don’t.”

During the markup, Democrats already have blocked three of Congresswoman Walorski’s amendments to enact pro-growth, pro-work solutions, including two amendments to substitute Republicans’ “Protecting Worker Paychecks and Family Choice Act” to increase access to paid family and medical leave and affordable child care instead of Democrats’ radical approach, as well as her “TAA for Victims of Congressional Inaction on Trade Amendment” to provide assistance to workers displaced by Congressional Democrats’ inaction to renew GSP and MTB.

Watch Congresswoman Walorski’s Opening Remarks on Day 1 of the Markup

Read key excerpts of her remarks:

As we speak – we do not know how many of our fellow Americans are trapped behind enemy lines in Afghanistan.  In recent weeks, the Biden Administration has abandoned these Americans and entrusted their lives to the mercy of the Taliban. As the president leans on the goodwill of brutal terrorists to allow them to leave, we have an obligation to the families of American hostages to get them home safely. 

Instead of focusing on oversight of the Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan or saving American citizens, we’re here to give this inept administration $3.5 trillion dollars for the biggest entitlement expansion in a generation.  This big-government wish list reveals the most urgent priorities of the Majority and the White House – leaving Americans behind and bankrolling socialist programs with taxpayer dollars.

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Republicans and Democrats agree on the importance of ensuring that people have a pathway to achieve the American Dream.

The biggest question is whether we need new massive federal entitlement programs.  And the answer is we don’t.

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Instead of doing the hard work of sitting down to discuss compromise and build consensus, Democrats are using a lazy, partisan budgetary tool that dismisses dissent and willfully ignores Republican proposals on the table.

This bill is the wrong direction for working families and the wrong direction for this country.

As we’ve learned too often, Democrats’ expensive policies that promise Americans so-called “free benefits” come with serious tradeoffs and consequences, including higher taxes, fewer jobs, more debt, and increased government dependency.

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Right now, Democrats want to give Washington more control over how Americans live, work, and make decisions for their families from cradle to grave.

Democrats should hit the brakes. This proposal is not ready for prime time.  

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Walorski: We Will Never Forget the Heroes of 9/11

Walorski: We Will Never Forget the Heroes of 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.

“On this solemn anniversary, Americans remember the nearly 3,000 precious lives lost in terrorists’ malicious attacks on our nation, and we remember the life of every American hero who since that day has given their life to protect our safety and our freedom,” said Congresswoman Walorski. “Twenty years after 9/11, the American people have demonstrated our resilience – but we will never forget the courage, bravery, and sacrifice that displayed the best of America. Along with so many Hoosiers, I was inspired and motivated by the selflessness of first responders and everyday heroes in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville. Today, that same patriotic spirit spurs our commitment to a stronger, safer, and more united nation.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski Statement on Biden’s Vast Overreach on Vaccine Mandates for Private Employers

Walorski Statement on Biden’s Vast Overreach on Vaccine Mandates for Private Employers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s announcement that his administration plans to require private employers with more than 100 employees to require COVID-19 vaccination or weekly testing.

“President Biden’s unprecedented plan to impose a vaccine mandate on private employers is an alarming overreach into Americans’ individual rights and private enterprise,” said Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. “As our nation faces a ‘help wanted’ crisis from shore to shore, President Biden’s mandate will continue to weaken our workforce and stunt our economic recovery. Like many Hoosiers, I am concerned by the Biden Administration’s obsession with big-government intervention and will continue to oppose all federal mandates.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski Visits Shatto Ditch to Highlight Innovation in Agriculture & Sustainability

Walorski Visits Shatto Ditch to Highlight Innovation in Agriculture & Sustainability

“Hoosier farmers are dedicated stewards of both our natural resources and our local economy.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) this week visited Shatto Ditch in Harrison Township to highlight this innovative project’s benefits for the local agriculture industry.

“Hoosier farmers are dedicated stewards of both our natural resources and our local economy. Shatto Ditch is an innovative solution to promote sustainability and ensure the future success of our region’s vital agricultural community,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “As a collaboration among federal, state, and research leaders, Shatto Ditch is making important progress toward safeguarding Indiana’s natural resources. I was thrilled to see this project’s achievements firsthand and look forward to its continued success.”

Rep. Walorski views Shatto Ditch, a two-stage ditch that naturally reduces fertilizer runoff.

BACKGROUND

Shatto Ditch is a tributary to the Tippecanoe River and drains a watershed with row crops and agriculture, forest, residential areas, and water and wetlands. By pairing cover crops and a two-stage ditch, this project reduces fertilizer runoff downstream and improves productivity associated with improvements in soil quality.

This conservation effort is led by a collaboration of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Indiana Natural Resources Conservation Service, Kosciusko County Soil & Water Conservation District, University of Notre Dame, Indiana University – Bloomington, The Nature Conservancy, Kosciusko County Surveyors, and United States Geological Survey.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski, Brady, Crapo Urge GAO to Investigate Fraudulent Activity in COVID Unemployment Insurance Programs

Walorski, Brady, Crapo Urge GAO to Investigate Fraudulent Activity in COVID Unemployment Insurance Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Government Accountability Office (GAO) must investigate the greatest theft of American tax dollars in the nation’s history, according to a new letter by Republican Leader of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN), House Ways and Means Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), and U.S. Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID). Despite fraud in COVID unemployment insurance programs crossing multiple federal agency jurisdictions, no single entity has determined the actual scope or severity of unemployment fraud. Taxpayers need to know how much fraud has occurred and what actions are necessary to prevent future fraud, which takes resources away from those in need and puts them in the pockets of criminals.

The letter is addressed to the Comptroller General of the U.S. and head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) Gene Dodaro.

From the letter:

“Unemployment fraud takes resources away from American workers who deserve assistance and puts those resources directly in the pockets of fraudsters. Given that roughly a year-and-a-half has elapsed since the pandemic’s onset and given what appears to be the largest amount of unemployment fraud in history since March of last year, it is concerning that some seem almost indifferent to the massive fraud that has occurred.

“Fraud in COVID unemployment programs appears to be the greatest theft of American tax dollars in our nation’s history, estimated at anywhere from $89 billion to $400 billion. Yet, there is currently no federal effort in place to formally evaluate and estimate the true scope and severity of COVID unemployment fraud nationwide. We request that GAO, as part of its mission and ongoing work to reduce improper payments and safeguard federal funds, investigate, and provide a national estimate of funds lost because of fraudulent activity.”

Download the letter HERE.

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Walorski Honors Service and Sacrifice of the 13 Fallen Servicemembers

Walorski Honors Service and Sacrifice of the 13 Fallen Servicemembers

“The American people are indebted to these heroes.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement honoring the service and sacrifice of the 13 U.S. servicemembers who were killed in action in Afghanistan this week.

“As our 13 fallen servicemembers return home, including our fellow Hoosier Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, the American people are indebted to these heroes and to their families,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “These courageous young Americans paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation. Following in the long tradition of our Armed Forces, they fulfilled their duty, regardless of the cost. My prayers are with each of their families, friends, and brothers and sisters in arms as they grieve this profound loss.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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Walorski Calls for President Biden’s Resignation

Walorski Calls for President Biden’s Resignation

“The buck must stop here.”

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) released the following statement calling for the resignation of President Joe Biden as the worsening national security crisis continues to unfold in Afghanistan.

“The Biden Administration’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan has endangered American lives and emboldened our adversaries. Yesterday, the death of 13 servicemembers in the line of duty was heartbreaking and horrific. The brutal terrorist attack that claimed these American heroes and nearly 100 Afghans was tragic.

“This botched operation is a direct consequence of the president’s decision to entrust the safety of American citizens and our Armed Forces to the goodwill of the Taliban. We owe it to our fallen servicemembers, and their families, to hold our nation’s commander-in-chief accountable for missteps that jeopardized their vital mission of evacuating American citizens, partners, and vetted allies from Afghanistan.

“As the president has said repeatedly, the buck stops with him – and I agree. The buck must stop here. President Biden has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, and, therefore, must resign.”

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Ranking Member of the House Ethics Committee.

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