Washington Times Opinion: The Dobbs Decision: A Political Debate That Is Personal

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Rules Committee, drafted the below op-ed highlighting his views on the anniversary of the Dobbs decision. 

The Dobbs decision: A political debate that is personal
By Congressman Michael Burgess, M.D. 
Washington Times
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Before coming to Congress, I practiced medicine for nearly 30 years and had the privilege of delivering 3,000 babies. My career as a physician was dedicated to protecting the lives of children and families while running a pro-life practice in North Texas. Never in my lifetime did I think I would see Roe v. Wade overturned, but thankfully, it happened last summer.

While reflecting on the anniversary of the Dobbs decision, I am reminded that when Roe v. Wade was originally decided in 1973, medical sonography was just beginning. Since then, it has developed into a science.


The question of abortion, sometimes reduced to yet another political issue to debate, is personal to me. My belief in the right to life has influenced my professional career for much longer than my time in Congress.

Not only did I have the joy of seeing these babies when they were delivered, but throughout my career, I witnessed tremendous advances in technology that allowed doctors and parents to see these children developing in the womb.


The Dobbs decision is saving not only the lives of the unborn but also the lives of countless mothers.

Having an abortion is not a simple fix or just another form of birth control as it is continually advertised. Abortion is a highly complex and deeply emotional decision. The decision affects the woman, her unborn child, other family members, and the health care provider.


The Constitution is clear when it guarantees the right to life, and Congress must continue to enact policies that will build up communities.

After a lifetime dedicated to pro-life work, I believe there is no question that it is the right thing to do.