Video: Congresswoman chokes back tears during emotional debate on 20-wk abortion ban


WASHINGTON, D.C., June 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The topic of abortion can elicit strong emotions. For one Congresswoman, thinking about the tragedy of a million abortions a year nearly made her break out into tears on the House floor.

Virginia Foxx, R-NC, made many impassioned speeches supporting the nationwide ban on abortions after 20 weeks, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday evening.

As she completed the last of four brief speeches, she asked her fellow Americans to confront the terror that abortion inflicts on unborn children.

“May we, in love, defend the unborn. May we, in humility, confront this national sin, and may we mourn what abortion reveals about the conscience of our nation,” Rep. Foxx said, pausing to catch her breath.

Tears began to visibly well up in her eyes as she said, “Madam Speaker, we go to extraordinary lengths to save, not only human beings but even animals, because we value life so much. However, there are many who do not hold the unborn in the same esteem, and that is tragic.”

“There’s nothing more important than protecting voiceless, unborn children and their families from the travesty of abortion,” she concluded.

Pro-life leaders applauded her fervor.

“Congresswoman Virginia Foxx, R-NC, is truly heroic woman! You led the debate for life with grace and strength!” said Olivia Gans Turner of the Virginia Society for Human Life.

“Your tears today are a testament to the enormity of this issue,” Gans said. “The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, HR 1797 is a bill that speaks to our humanity as a nation and our willingness to protect those who have no other defense among us!”

Apparently no one appreciates Foxx’s service more than those who know her best. A poll released by the Public Policy Polling earlier on Tuesday found that North Carolina Republicans want Foxx to run for the U.S. Senate seat more than anyone else in the party.

She leads the next closest challenger, State Senator Phil Berger, by 12 points.