In the past 45 years, an estimated 60 million  innocent human beings have been killed in the United States with the consent of our government, and this crime against humanity continues to this day.
I’m speaking of the number of human beings killed through abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.
This massive number of deaths represents only a fraction of the lives lost worldwide — an estimated 56 million  each year — in what remains the greatest human rights abuse in the world: legalized abortion.
Federal lawmakers recently tried to pass a bill that would have banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill failed  in the Senate on a 51-46 vote — an embarrassing stain on our nation in the fight to protect human rights.
President Trump stated after the tragic vote, “The vote by the Senate rejects scientific fact and puts the United States out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations, including China and North Korea, allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We must defend those who cannot defend themselves.”
Having just witnessed the ultrasound of my 21-week-old son this past week, I can’t image casting a vote to allow him and other innocent souls of his age to be killed.
Father Dwight Longenecker wrote  on his blog that it was especially important to note that 14 Senators “who identify as Catholics” voted against the 20-week abortion ban. “Therefore, these fourteen have ensured that this barbaric procedure is still legal in America,” he stated.
Abortion is a grave assault on human dignity, and laws supporting abortion are entirely unjust. As Saint Pope John Paul II wrote in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae :
“To claim the right to abortion, infanticide and euthanasia, and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom.”
Yet, not only is abortion still legal, American taxpayers have been forced to fund organizations that commit this crime against humanity. This includes funneling half a billion taxpayer dollars each year to Planned Parenthood — which just admitted to killing 321,384 innocent human beings between 2016-2017 in its newly released annual report .
Reports and images revealing the graphic inhumanity of surgical abortions are readily available online. Even in its chemical form, the practice is no less evil.
Though some still attempt to argue abortion doesn’t kill a human being, biological science is clear  that a new human life is formed at conception. Our humanity, and our human rights, stem from our nature as human beings — not our thoughts, our appearance, or any other subjective measurement.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have held numerous hearings on the subject of abortion over the previous decades. Some have openly admitted the truth that allowing a living, innocent human being to be dismembered and left to die cannot be seen as anything other than a clear violation of human rights. Other members of Congress have used their power and influence to endorse the practice of killing the most vulnerable in society — and have even fought to normalize and increase this evil.
Ironically, international organizations which have branded themselves as champions of human rights — such as Amnesty International  and the U.N.  — are often the most fervent proponents of killing innocent human beings through government-sanctioned abortions.
Our government’s support for this gruesome practice is truly a black mark on our nation. And “we the people” are absent from our duties as citizens and to our fellow man if we sit back and do nothing.
This year, as we recognize the 45th anniversary of legalized abortion in our country — and the resulting holocaust of innocent human life — defenders of human rights should be working together to finally end this assault on human dignity.