Rep. Franks: Obama Made Case for Ending Abortion at Sandy Hook Prayer Vigil

By Penny Starr | January 25, 2013 | 4:24pm EST

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) spoke on Jan. 25, 2013 at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., at an event to kick off the 2013 March for Life. ( Starr)

( – Calling President Barack Obama’s words at the prayer vigil for the 26 people killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December “poignant,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) said the speech made the case for ending abortion.

Obama’s words “make a strong, powerful case for ending the tragedy of abortion on demand in America,” Franks said at an event leading up to the March for Life that took place on the National Mall and the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday.

“Whether he knows that are not, I’m convinced that these words are words that apply to our cause,” Franks said.

Franks then read this portion of Obama’s speech:

"This is our first task – caring for our children. It’s our first job. If we don’t get that right, we don’t get anything right. That’s how, as a society, we will be judged. And by that measure, can we truly say, as a nation, that we are meeting our obligations? Can we honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep our children – all of them – safe from harm?

“Can we claim, as a nation, that we’re all together there, letting them know that they are loved, and teaching them to love in return? Can we say that we’re truly doing enough to give all the children of this country the chance they deserve to live out their lives in happiness and with purpose?” Franks added, quoting Obama.

“I’ve been reflecting on this the last few days, and if we’re honest with ourselves, the answer is no. We’re not doing enough. And we will have to change," Franks said.

Franks said the March for Life is a time to consider that abortion has killed as many as 55 million unborn children since the high court legalized abortion in 1973.

“And before the sun sets today, will take 3 or 4,000 more,” Franks said.

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