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seemingly inability to resolve complex problems in a constructive, reasoned fashion. it gets fought out in this body and unfortunately is exploited by the media who profits off of this drama daily. this is why memorial day and other reflective holidays are so important to us as a people. of course to remember our war dead, but also to affirm the .ommon bonds that unite before an international gathering of public officials that i attended, someone posed , a probing question. they asked simply this, where would you like to live where people lie, steal and kill or where people are good,
trustworthy and free? and when we consider the full arc of human history, it is often marked by fighting and dying and war. ach generation must face the agonizing andujar, prospect that -- and harsh prospect, that twisted ideology, ego, maniacal ambition. or the hunt for glory will compel small minds to rape and ll and pillage and crush the innocent. . try as we might to create conditions for good will and mutual support, sometimes good americans must step forward. they must volunteer to bravely protect the ideals that we hold
dear. we are coming up on the 75th anniversary of d-day, june 6, 1944. there will be a bilateral, two-country commemoration by both america and france at omaha beach in france. --- cemetery there where where appromately 10,000 americans lay at rest. the night before d-day, the day before this famous photo of supreme commander dwight eisenhower was taken, i happen to know president eisenhower's granddaughter, susan, and we were chatting one day about this famous photo which occupies such an extraordinary place in our history, our folkloring our memory as a nation. and she said jeff, you know what
the president, the general was speaking about in that photo? i'd always made an assumption that, again, these young men who are getting ready to paratroop behind enemy lines the day before d-day were being given a last talk by the general about the immediate for courage and persistence, the need to think of what it means to be in the face of a barbaric aggressor. the need to fight hard and solemnly to obey orders and take care of their friends, the need to win the day. that's what i would have thought. that's what i would have guessed. susan eisenhower said no. you know what the general is peaking about? fly-fishing. and football. now why would he do that at this critical moment, this mont of tension and fear and adrenaline?
why would he do that? i think the better question is why wouldn't he do that? what more american thing could he do to remind these young men, many of whom may have given their life, of why they were doing this. to remind them of what they were deathered to. to home and hearth. things like fishing and football. that represent the active toifs community. the liberties we enjoy. the memories from childhood. the peace and tranquility that this country offers. ight for that. ifpk that's why. i was very amazed and corrected mentally in my impression of this pithal moment in america's history. a group of members of congress will attend the 75th anniversary and of course the veterans who will be there in attendance are
quite old and will be few in number. france will have some awards for a few veterans as well. and it is amazing in that part of the world, the american flag flies over the french municipal buildings there because the french in that part of europe do not forget. they celebrate what america gave. n fact, in august of 1944, captain luther sexton fortenberry, my grandfather, he left his wife and two children and he entered the war theater, originally attached to a field hospital -- oa hospital unit in england, he moved into the theater of war and was killed in november of 1944 by an explosion. he was killed near a town -- the town of -- ar a town where some of these paratroopers potentially landed. there, the troop -- the
paratroopers landed in the midst of a german column and had to fight it out, right in the town square, to this day, a replica of one of our paratroopers hangs on the church steeple, demonstrating what happened to him, he was caught on the steeple as he came down. he survived the battle. the french there very much commemorate and honor what we gave. my grandfather was initially uried in the cemetery there, a day later re-- but then later re interred at arlington cemetery in 1948. this is how home a -- omaha cemetery came to be. all the small cemeteries set up in the course of the war as things were moving so fast were consolidated into various large cemetery, omaha beach being one of our more notable. families were given a choice. do you want to leave your loved one in europe or would you like to bring them home?
because my own father died when i was young, the direct memories of what happened in my own -- to my own grandfath are a bit lost in the family tradition. so i've had to do a lot of record searching. i found out, though, that it was interesting in 1948 when my grandfather was re-entered from this area of france, that he -- his remains were transported through the port of cherborg. when i visited omaha cemetery -- omaha beach cemetery, the french civilians who worked for us tending to the cemetery, remembering our war dead, telling the stories of who they are, one young woman, she told me it was her grandfather who started to work for the americans. in burying our war dead. and he used to work in the port
of cherborg, preparing the remains of our war dead to come home. i thought to myself, what an amazing confluence of history that maybe it was this young frenchwoman's grandfather who prepared my grandfather to be returned home. so on the 75th anniversary we will again remember that great battle, that turning point in the war. inin which so many lives were lost, so manyoung americans came forward to say, i will serve. memorial day is a beautiful time of remembrance and communities all across america will recognize this special day. they will remoirlize the fallen heroes of battle who gave us the chance to remain good, trustworthy, and free.
it's a precious moment where we unite. where we are unified. where we hold things in common. in gratitude for those who gave their life in service to these deals. beyond this special day, perhaps the greatest memorial we can offer is to do exactly what they did. to think in sack official terms of about what is nobler and higher, even in the midst of this body, where we have to debate with intensity the philosophical differences in order to find, construct, a reasoned way forward for good public policy and the good of all americans. sometimes young people ask me, how do you make a decision, it's a great question, it's a
beautiful question. they're wrestling. with how do you reconcile as a presentative of the people what you may believe to be right with what the people are saying. an i tell young people, i walk through a three-fold process. the first is, let's look at the evidence here. what is the analysis the statistics and other evidence say about what might be the right pathway here? second, let's listen to the experts or those who are affected potentially by this policy. nd third is, youust -- you must consult your conscience. what you believe in your heart of hearts, sometimes it's hard for young people to reconcile this because sometimes we have a misappropriation of the nature of representative government. the representative of course is
a reflection of the people e wh sent him there and what does he or she owe those people? right judgment. which means hard work and intellectual discipline. around looking at the objective analysis of what can be determined as the outcome of particular policy. care, compassion, fairness demands that we listen to people. who are affected. or who have been involved. ultimately each one of us has to consult their conscience. lways hopefully rig about what is right, what is good, what is just. the beautiful gift where i come from is even if people may disagree, when you give them an answer based on those three
dynamics, they will tell you they respect that. and that is the core of our system. that is what men and women continue to fight and die for. this gift of america. this gift of these ideals. that somehow with distinct differences and different backgrounds, we find a a way to harr monoize that which we ought to do, not just what we can do, but what we ought to do. decisions are not perfect they can be messy and difficult, they can be ugly but i have always believed that public service is an honorable and high calling an it's only made possible by sacrifice. sometimes ultimate sacrifice. by those who have been willing to give their all. madam m speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yids back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2019, the gentlewoman from california, ms. porter is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. ms. porter: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to discuss women's access to essential health care services. i am the mother of three beautiful children. when i gave birth to my first child, to my second child, and to my third child, i was given the time and d opportunity to pn for the pregnancies and welcome these children. i was privileged enough to have the ability to make an informed decision to become a mother at a time in my life when i was ready to care for children and prior to having children, i had access to birth control. i received health care that helped me have three healthy pregnancies and to be able to get pregnant when i was ready.
but too many women in this country don't have these choices. across the world, maternal mortality rates are decreasing. preag nancy y and birth are les dangerous across the globe. but not in the united states. while our country is a leader in so many way, we are failing our nation's women by not delivering the care they need during and after they give birth. too many women don't have access to pre and post-natal care. too many already don't have access to birth control or abortion services. and if we do not fight back this crisis is only going to get worse. if we do not fight back, women are going to die. let me repeat that. women are going to die. the bills currently passing at ththe state level will not stop abortions. overturning roe v. wade will not
stop abortions. these acts will only stop safe abortions. research has found that every year approximately 25.1 million women receive an unsafe abortion. 68,000 women diane yulely of bleeding and infection. almost entirely in countries where abortion is illegal or inaccessible. if we continue down this road, women will die. the law being passesed in alaba, missouri, and georgia are not pro life. they are not protecting the lives of women and families that we were elected to serve. alabama has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. but instead of focusing on ensuring that women have access to the health care services they need when they choose to have a pregnancy, the state is choosing to punish those who do not become mothers.
alabama's state legislature has said they just simply don't have the funds to expand medicaid to cover more low-income women. families and other individuals. yet they have the millions of dollars necessary to fight a legal battle to overturn roe v. wade. these laws are anti-choice. anti-women. the penalty for aborting a pregnancy caused by rape is higher than the penalty for raping a woman. in the alabama law, it is higher than the penalty for committing the rape. this is not the country we want to be. how is that upholding our values? look also note that women who
have a miscarriage, could be criminally investigated to determine if a miscarriage was related to an attempted abortion or otherwise the fault of the woman. according to march of dimes, 10 caurges. in miss and nearly 5% of pregnancies that end with miscarriages happen in the second trimester. as a mother, i cannot imagine losing a child. for those who choose to get pregnant, this loss is devastating. imagine you and your partner try for years to get pregnant and n't afford expensive treatment. you want to be a mother, but nothing seems to be working. after three years, you take a
home pregnancy test and you find out you are pregnant. a short trip to the doctor confirms this exciting news. you and your partner are overjoyed. but five months later you are pleading and rushed to the emergency room. you you have miscarried and will now have to deliver a stillborn child. you and your partner are heartbroken. a few days after this tragic loss, you find out that you and your doctor are both being investigated for attempting to abort the child whose death you are still mourning. th is cruel and inhumane. these bills are not intended to stop abortion and will not stop abortion. they are not intended to save lives and in fact, this will take lives. this is the proof. if we want to reduce the number
of abortions in this country, we must ensure safe access to women's health care, including birth control and comprehensive family planning options. i want women in alabama, georgia and moise that has passed or is attempting to pass legislation to challenge roe v wade to know that i stand with them. i want women in orminge county to know they elected someone who will fight for their access to essential health care services. i want women in california and across the country to trust that my colleagues and i will fight for women to have the health care and respect that they need and deserve regardless of their income, race or location. protecting women's access to health care is one of my top priorities and i will fight to
ensure that every woman has the access they need to lead a healththy life on their own ter. i yield to the gentlewoman from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today to defy the horrifying attacks all across this country. ms. omar: religious fundamentalist are trying to manipulate the state laws in order to impose their beliefs on an entire society all with comple disregard for voices and rights of american women. the recent efforts like those in alabama and georgia are only the
latest in a long history of efforts to criminalize women for simply existing. to punish us when we don't conform to their attempts to control us. and a new proposal in texas would go as far as to threaten women who obtain an abortion with capital punishmhment. if that was being proposed by y other country, we would be calling it a dangerous violation of human rights. because it is happening here with the support of the ultraconservatives, real depouse rights, we call it real depouse freedom. it is unthinkable. this isn't only unjust but dangerous, because dangerous when abortion is criminalized, the number of abortions do not
go down. the number of deaths to women increase. let's just be honest. for the religious right this isn't about their care or concern for life. if they cared about or were concerned about children, they would be concerned about the children that are being detained and those that are dying in camps across our border. or the children who arelingishing in hunger and facing homelessness. this isn't about religious morality or conviction, because we have seen time and time again, tho that talk about their faith and want to push policies because of their faith e the ones that simply are
caught with the hypocrisy not living it in their lives. i remember not too long ago, a republican commab who had to retire, tim murphy, because he asked his mistress to abort their peab while pushing for a ban on abortion. rights ember the lgbt republican larry craig who was found soliciting sex in a back -- minneapolis airport. i'm frustrated every time i hear people speaking about their faith and pushing that on to other people, because we know those so-called religious
politicians, when it comes to their life, their choices, they want to talk about freed. but when it comes to other people lives and other people's choices, they want to talk about religion. i feel we must point out how are c it t facing these challenges to their freedom in the weeks that we are marking the 100th anniversary of the 19 of amendment. how can it be an entire century has passed and we are still forced to fight for our rights as w women and americans. this should outrage every single person. and we can no longer stand for it. i ask every woman in this
country, no matter her age, race or political affiliation to stand up and tell those who challenges, those who challenges our voice and our place and our toht to decide for ourselves not be silent, to speak up and to reclaim their right to choose. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. >> thank you for your remarks. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman have a motion? ms. porter: i move to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question on the motion to