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Tom Cotton is the junior United States senator for Arkansas. This essay is adapted from a speech the senator recently delivered before the National Right to Life Committee.
Many of us have a story about how we got involved in the pro-life movement. Perhaps it was a wise mentor or preacher. Perhaps it was the sight of that first ultrasound. Or perhaps it was the birth of a precious child, who gave new meaning to your life in a thousand different ways.
I’ve been pro-life for as long as I can remember, but becoming a parent affirmed my pro-life convictions and made them personal. I suspect most parents can relate.
When my wife, Anna, was pregnant with our second son, she developed a condition that required the doctors to induce her early, at 37 weeks. The birth and the labor went well. And our son seemed fine at first. After we held him for a few minutes, the nurses took him away for routine checks. But then the doctor came and told us that our son was struggling to breathe. And later that night, the doctor came back and said he’d taken a turn for the worse and that they were going to have to intubate him and put him in a pressurized bubble. We would not be able to see him or hold him as he struggled for life. …
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