Since assuming congressional office in 1997, U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) has been consistent in making the pro-life agenda a priority.

Throughout his tenure, Aderholt has run unopposed or as the prohibitive favorite in all his reelection bids. Yet, he has remained steadfast in opposing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand.

Last Friday's high court ruling on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization was significant for Aderholt, who appeared before Huntsville's Fox 54 television camera to voice his approval.

"This is a great day for America because this is a great day for the unborn," he said. "And I just want to say thanks to all of the people who have been praying and working for this over the years. This decision, Roe v. Wade -- that came out, that allows for abortions unilaterally across the country, came out when I was seven years old. This is a big day, a long time coming. So, thanks for all the families that have worked, every individual, and it's a great day for America."

Later that day, Aderholt's congressional office released a statement once again praising the decision but vowing to make adoption an alternative to abortion.

"Roe v. Wade was decided by appointed judges when I was seven years old, precluding elected legislative bodies from deciding this issue," Aderholt said. "Therefore, today is a watershed moment in the fight for life. The Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade is a landmark in the effort to protect the most vulnerable among us and guarantee their right to life and liberty. Of course, this does not mean the end of abortions in the United States. The decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization only returns the responsibility of protecting the unborn to elected officials, and each state will govern independently on the issue, meaning that the fight for life will continue in many places across the country.

"As a co-chair for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, I believe this can be a turning point for Congress to expand our efforts to ensure a safe future for our nation's children—born and unborn. I hope to see a shift towards adoptive services as an alternative to an abortion. I pray for our nation and that this decision from the Supreme Court begins to bring our country back together as we protect the lives of the unborn."

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