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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