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‘Unplanned:’Rauscher floor speech on ‘changing one’s mind’

Rep. George Rauscher took a few minutes on the House floor today to speak about the movie “Unplanned” and how people can and do change their minds about abortion. He read his thoughtful speech at the end of the House floor session, and it’s included here in its entirety:

“We have many responsibilities here in this chamber, Mr. Speaker. Perhaps none of those is more important than speaking for those who do not have a voice: the poor, the disadvantaged, the sick, the elderly, children.

“Mr. Speaker, we also have a responsibility to be honest with ourselves and with others in the room, even when it challenges the narrative that we have crafted in our own minds and defend with our own reasons.

“For eight years, Abby Johnson proudly worked for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas. After a few years, she became the clinic director and won the region’s employee of the year award. She worked tirelessly, as she said, to advocate for women’s healthcare rights. Despite the constant protests of her conservative parents, she was proud of her work and vowed to continue it for the rest of her career.

“Until one day, she was forced to actually watch an abortion procedure. She watched on the ultrasound as a tiny baby was ripped from its mother’s womb. And for the first time, Abby felt the crushing pain of watching a life end.

“This past weekend, Americans were given their first opportunity to hear the amazing story of this woman who did the unthinkable in today’s society: she changed her mind.

“And in this case, she gave up everything – her friends, her lucrative career, and her reputation – to do what her conscience demanded of her: she left.

“This weekend, the movie written about her life, “Unplanned,” debuted at Number 4 in the box office in the United States. The Twitter account for the movie, despite being blocked for its debut weekend, has now surpassed Planned Parenthood’s following – after just one week. Despite the fact that no television networks would run ads for the movie, it has still revived a national conversation.

“It is time for more people to think about their minds and change their minds.

“In conclusion, Mr. Speaker, this issue is not a partisan one – it is a moral one. At one point in history, our nation accepted slavery as an acceptable practice. It took people changing their minds to do the right thing and end slavery for good.

“It is never too late to change one’s mind and to do the right thing. Thank you, Mr. Speaker.”

Speaker Bryce Edgmon responded only with: “I would remind members to ask permission to read.”

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Well said, Rep. Rauscher!

  • Amen!

  • It’s never to late to ….
    – Ponder the totality of one’s fate and others.
    – The decisions one makes and the impact on self and others.
    – The responsibility of one’s actions, the precedence, the morality, and the precepts of acceptability.
    Yes indeed, there is always an opportunity for repentance.

  • I too changed my mind when I was younger I thought that it was a womans right to have an abortion
    But as I have grown older now in my mid 50s and three children and one grandson of my own I have seen that the sanctity of life needs to be protected. So yes you can change.

  • OUTSTANDING!
    George, keep up the good fight.

    Take care be safe.
    God bless.
    Griz – Alaska

  • Speaker Edgmon, try this: don’t say a word.

  • Another amen. After you’ve been thro a couple of troublesome child births, and late term miscarriages, with your wife it is impossible to accept abortion as anything but morally wrong and yes–murder!

  • HYPOCRITE. !!! Rauscher signed a pledge to cosponsor a Life At Conception Act Bill but did NOT do so until the 11th house as a calculated move as he was looking to run for the Senate seat…HE IS NOT A MAN OF HIS WORD!!

    Just watch and see, if a LIFE AT CONCEPTION Bill is brought forth, my question will be

    **** WHERE’S GEORGE?? ****

  • AND Rep. Cathy Tilton submitted 2 amendments that removes state funded abortions, and they passed. You should hear the testimonies! Good job encouraging this to happen, George!

    http://www.360north.org/gavel/video/?clientID=2147483647&eventID=2019041048&startStreamAt=14522&stopStreamAt=15295

  • AND Rep. Cathy Tilton submitted 2 amendments that removes state funded abortions, and they passed! You should hear the testimonies! Thank you Rep George Rauscher for paving a path for this to happen!

    http://www.360north.org/gavel/video/?clientID=2147483647&eventID=2019041048&startStreamAt=14522&stopStreamAt=15295

  • I was thinking as I was watching a show on Netflix. People are getting their “Spark Joy” on. There is an entire industry built on organizing your crap. Purging your stuff. Sorting, simplifying. Transferring your things to the Goodwill to bring joy to another. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Remember that. The next time you are cleaning out your closet and taking such care to get your spark joy on, I hope those that are contemplating abortion remember that what they think they might throw away could be another person’s treasure.

  • Thank you George.. Life is Good!

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