The Suzy B Blog

Mar 13, 2015
I support life...and so does science

CarlyFiorinaby Carly Fiorina

About sixty years ago, a decision was made that changed my life. My husband’s mother chose life. She was told that her pregnancy would be difficult and Doctors told her she needed to have an abortion. Being a woman of intense faith and courage, my husband’s mother continued her pregnancy. I cannot imagine how different my life would be had she made a different choice.

Unfortunately, women are faced with this decision every day. These women deserve our empathy, support, and never our judgment or condemnation. They deserve options, ones that are available now more than ever due to advances in modern medicine.  

Science supports those of us that believe in the sanctity of life. At 20 weeks, or five months into a pregnancy, an unborn child feels pain. At 20 weeks of life, an unborn child can suck his thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. An unborn child at 20 weeks IS a human life. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1670) protects the unborn in limiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is legislation that is vital in protecting the dignity of life.

This is legislation that, polls show, 60% of Americans support. Despite our disputes throughout this nation on abortion, most Americans recognize that these procedures are cruel, are tragically most often elective, and must stop. We are a compassionate society and must apply our principles to all, not just the born.

Since 2010, 13 states have enacted limits on abortion after 20 weeks.  I applaud these states, and urge the passing of this compassionate bill to protect those lives that are most sacred and vulnerable.

I am proud to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and urge both houses of Congress to hold swift votes on this life-saving legislation.

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Tags: 2016 presidential race, Carly Fiorina, Pain-Capable
Mar 11, 2015
Urgent: Your Senators Need to Hear from You!


Pro-abortion politicians in the U.S. Senate – led by Harry Reid – have reached a new low.

They are blocking the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act from a vote because it contains a provision preventing any of the funds from being used to pay for abortions.

That’s right – Harry Reid and his pro-abortion allies in the Senate are so loyal to the Big Abortion Industry that they’re willing to throw victims of human trafficking under the bus.

>>> URGENT: Contact your two U.S. Senators right now and demand that they maintain this pro-life protection in the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.

Suzy B Blog readers may remember that undercover videos across the country have caught Planned Parenthood aiding and abetting in the alleged trafficking of minors.

But Harry Reid and his allies don’t care. They’d rather bolster up Big Abortion than provide real protections for victims of human trafficking.

This is disgusting and must end.

>>> TAKE ACTION NOW: Your two Senators must hear from you today.

And after you’ve taken action, make sure to forward this post to as many of your friends and family as possible.

Senator John Cornyn, a wonderful pro-life Senator from Texas, is the bill’s sponsor and is standing strong in this fight. But pro-abortion Senators and their friends in the media are doing everything they can to smear him as he fights to protect women and ensure federal funds are not spent on abortions.

So take action now, and don’t forget to forward this alert far and wide so we can flood the U.S. Senate with the voices of pro-life Americans.

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Tags: Hyde amendment, trafficking, U.S. Senate
Mar 10, 2015
NEWSLETTER: National Pro-life Women's Caucus (Winter Newsletter)

Newsletter: Nat'l Pro-life Women's Caucus - February 2015

Sue Swayze, Coordinator for the SBA List's National Pro-life Women's Caucus, recently sent a newsletter on the latest news for pro-life women lawmakers across the country. 

 The Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Director   |   Sue Swayze, Program Coordinator 
(317) 440-6998 | | 1200 New Hampshire Ave., Ste. 750 NW, Washington, DC 20036


The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act suffered a poorly-timed hiccup in Congress on January 22, the day of the March for Life in Washington. As the Editors at National Review put it, Republicans sadly "abdicated" on abortion. Please read the NR editors' take for a summary on what happened with the bill and know that we believe efforts to get it back on track will be successful.  We will persevere.

As Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, said recently at CPAC, "Just saying you’re pro-life does not cut it anymore. The pro-life grassroots deserve and demand action that results in the saving of unborn children and the protection of their mothers." 

States to the Rescue! Pain-Capable bills in 6 States & Counting

While negotiations on the Pain-Capable Child Protection Act continue in Congress, many of you are stepping up and taking leadership in your states to pass the bill for the sake of our children. 

West Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina, Maryland, New Mexico, and Kentucky and more have introduced Pain-Capable bills this session. West Virginia just passed HB 2568 and the bill was vetoed by the Governor, though we expect the legislature to override the veto; others may be passed in the next two weeks! They join the 13 states that have already enacted limits based on the unborn child’s ability to feel pain.

The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of SBA List, has several resources for your use in promoting the pain-capable bill.  Click on the US map (right) to access their site and their various research papers confirming that children feel pain in the womb, a collection of blogs and other resources that you can use to establish a base of sound, factual research, including:

SBA List is proud of these NPLWC members (and soon to be members!) who are leading the charge.



Left to Right, Top row: WV Del. and Assistant Majority Whip Kelli Sobonya, WV Del. Kayla Kessinger, OH Sen. Peggy Lehner, OH Rep. Kristina Roegner. Bottom row:  SC Rep. Wendy Nanney, SC Rep. Donna Hicks, MD Del. Kathryn Afzali, MD Del. Kathy Szeliga

Making History in West Virginia: Q&A with Delegate Jill Upson

DelegateJillUpsonAs the first African-American Republican woman elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates, Jill Upson approaches her new role with optimism and tenacity.  A military wife and mother, she describes the experience like dropping down into a foreign country and having to learn the language on the spot – the legislative experience is fast-paced and has its own set of rules and jargon. Endorsed by both the Chamber of Commerce and West Virginians for Life, Jill is enjoying getting up to speed on a variety of issues and talked with SBA List for our Q&A spotlight.

Why do we need pro-life women's voices in the political process?

It is crucial that the voices of pro-life women are heard.  The pro-abortion side has an enormous platform with media, entertainment, and public education.  With the constant barrage of messages that devalue life, pro-life women must be on the front lines to boldly bring facts to the arena of misinformation that currently exists.

Why is it important for you to connect with other women leaders through the National Pro-Life Women's Caucus (NPLWC)?

The strong women leaders in the NPLWC bring a wealth of knowledge, diverse experience, and a variety of ideas to share with me and other new legislators.  Working with these motivated women to develop winning strategies to achieve pro-life goals is a tremendous opportunity for me.

What is your impression of the Susan B. Anthony List?

The Susan B. Anthony List has taken on the invaluable role of helping to elect pro-life candidates.  Through its training, education, and financial support of legislators who will fight to protect women and unborn children, the Susan B. Anthony List is taking the bold steps needed to protect human rights.


LOGOIf you are a pro-life elected state official we would love to welcome you into the National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus! The Caucus aims to foster community, empower and connect pro-life women lawmakers across the country.




Photo: Honorable Marilyn Musgrave, Director of the National Pro-life Women's Caucus, offers an encouraging word to pro-life women lawmakers gathered in Washington last December.

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NPLWC Leadership Team member State Senator Mary Lazich (left) was sworn in as the President of the Wisconsin Senate on January 5, 2015.  She is pictured here with the new Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, Heather Weininger.


Dr. David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, testified in the Indiana Senate on SB 334, a bill co-authored by Senator Liz Brown (to his right), to ban discrimination abortions due to sex or disability.


NPLWC Leadership Team member Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch meets with NPLWC Coordinator Sue Swayze (left). Sue participated in the Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Day on February 10th and met many strong advocates for life.





States that have passed the
Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection
Act.  Is yours on the list?  
Click for full map.

American United for Life’s
Defending Life 2015
A must-have!  This state-by-state “playbook" has more than 50 pieces of  model legislation, expert analysis, and 50 state report cards in a single nonpartisan guide for legislators.  Click to learn more.

Arizona Senator Nancy Barto,
member of NPLWC Leadership Team, has authored SB 1318 to ensure no plans under the Affordable Care
Act on AZ’s federally-run healthcare
exchange include elective abortion.

IndianaSensIndiana Senators Liz Brown (NPLWC member) and Travis Holdman
introduce SB 334 banning abortion for reasons of sex or disability discrimination.

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