WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement today as Americans United for Life presented its “Henry Hyde Defender of Life” award to Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) for 2012. Smith is a co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus. Boehner was the 2010 recipient of the award given to recognize elected officials who demonstrate leadership within the pro-life movement.
“For more than 30 years, Congressman Chris Smith has been a fearless and passionate pro-life advocate. He has been a consistent voice for the voiceless and has fought to ensure that the United States’ domestic and international policy is to protect innocent human life. As the co-chair of the Pro-Life Caucus, Chris’s mission is to educate—and sometimes warn—his Congressional colleagues about any effort to undermine hard-earned legislative or legal victories. As the 2010 recipient of the ‘Henry Hyde Defender of Life’ award, I know of no other member who deserves this award more than Chris Smith. The esteem with which Chris is held in the pro-life community testifies to his character and his perseverance. It is an honor to work with him and I congratulate him for this high honor.”
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