As a father of five, I cannot express enough how precious the lives of innocent children are.

The first time I heard my son’s heartbeat in my wife Christie’s womb, I knew then and there—that wasn’t a fetus. That heartbeat was my son.

Every child, from the moment of conception, is worthy of life and protection from harm. I am saddened and appalled that not all Americans feel similarly.

Recently, a Virginia lawmaker introduced a bill that allows mothers to decide to murder their child minutes before or after birth.

This goes far beyond any disagreement about abortion rights. This is sick and disgusting.

Virginia’s Governor described what would happen if a child was born after a failed abortion attempt.

He said: “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable…and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”

God gave us the 10 Commandments, and one of those is: “You shall not murder.” Abortion at any stage is murder. Murder after a child is born is absolutely despicable.

I am proud to be an original cosponsor of H.R. 926, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which protects infants after birth. I support this bill because infants who survive an abortion deserve the same immediate medical care as any other infant.

Every human life is precious, which is why House Republicans have gone to the House floor and demanded a vote on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act for the last several weeks.

Each time, House Democrats reject the Republican motion to consider the bill. So far, Democrats have objected to protecting human life on the House floor ten times.

A Marist poll recently found that 80 percent of Americans support abortion being limited to the first three months of pregnancy.

This bill would protect infants after they have already been born. Forget limiting abortion, House Democrats are pushing pro-murder policies by objecting to take up this bill.

We, as Americans, have the moral, ethical, and personal responsibility to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

I will continue to speak on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves and I will keep fighting in Congress for the lives of unborn children all across our country.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) represents the second district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He can be reached through http://mullin.house.gov, and at 3109 Azalea Park Drive, Muskogee, OK, 74401, 918-687-2533 or 202-225-2701