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Jan 29, 2014
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers & the Culture of Life
Chris Crawford

CMRLast night, pro-life leader and longtime friend of the SBA List, Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) gave a stellar response to the State of the Union. McMorris Rodgers, the highest ranking Republican woman in Congress, is a pro-life rock star who was introduced to a nationwide audience.

After becoming the first in her family to go to college, she was elected to Congress in 2004 with almost 60% of the vote. During her tenure, she has risen to become the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the House, she has been a strong leader in the pro-life movement, voting to ban-late term abortion and sex-selection abortion and has been a steadfast supporter of parental rights. In 2012, she was outspoken in combating the deceitful “War on Women” meme.

Rodgers’ personal story is inspiring. After being elected to Congress, she met and was married to retired Navy commander Brian Rodgers in 2006. Together, they have had three children since 2007, making McMorris Rodgers the first woman to have three children while serving in the U.S. Congress.

In her speech last night, McMorris Rodgers discussed those three children. When their first son, Cole, was diagnosed with Down syndrome three days after his birth, McMorris Rodgers said:

“When we looked at our son, we saw possibilities. We saw a Gift from God. Today we see a six-year-old boy who dances to Bruce Springsteen; who reads above grade level; and who is the best big brother in the world. We see all the things he can do, not those he can’t. Cole and his sisters, Grace and Brynn, have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life – that whether we are born with an extra twenty-first chromosome or without a dollar to our name – we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential.”

After working tirelessly in Congress to promote the dignity of every human life, McMorris Rogers used her primetime speech to bring that personal message to the entire country.

A wife, mother, and a strong pro-life legislator, she is an inspiration to women and girls across America. She stands in stark contrast to President Obama who last week celebrated the 41st anniversary of the Roe v. Wade by saying “this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.”

Women do not need abortion to fulfill their dreams. Rep. McMorris Rodgers gives a beautiful witness in showing how her son’s life, his ability to live and fulfill his dreams, has not damaged her ability to fulfill her own dreams, as she has become one of the leading women in American politics. She has not been “punished” with babies; she has been blessed with a family that inspires her to be a better legislator.

Last night, Americans were subject to the same worn-out rhetoric they have grown accustomed to from President Obama. But after his State of the Union, Americans had the opportunity to hear the response from a Congresswoman who has lived a life in opposition to the tired talking points and false assumptions of the Left. In the context of her own inspiring story, McMorris Rodgers provided a plan that for a country that “dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one.” It was a reminder that we must stand for a bright future for all Americans, born and unborn.

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Tags: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, State of the Unborn
Jan 17, 2014
Take Action: Tweet to your Senators to Support the 20 Week Bill

During this anniversary week of Roe v. Wade, take action by tweeting to your Senators to tell them to advance the historic Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.1670) to a floor vote. This historic legislation would protect unborn babies beginning at 20 weeks, or more than halfway through pregnancy.

You can find your Senator's Twitter handle and whether they are co-sponsoring the bill by clicking here, and then use the sample tweets below! It's also encouraged you to use the hashtag #whywemarch when tweeting for the March for Life.


Thank you @____________ for cosponsoring the historic Pain-Capable legislation to protect the unborn against #abortion #prolife

.@_______________ Thank you for standing for unborn babies & moms by cosponsoring S.1670! Hope to see a floor vote soon! #prolife

.@__________ Grateful for your support of S.1670! Unborn babies feel pain at 20 wks, Senate must act to protect them! #prolife



.@____________ Unborn babies feel pain at 20 weeks. Will you cosponsor Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act? #prolife

.@ _____________Americans agree late #abortion must end. Please Support the Pain-Capable bill S.1670

.@___________ Stand with the American majority and women, by supporting @Grahamblog bill to protect babies after 20 weeks #prolife

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Tags: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Senate
Nov 1, 2013
Ridge is wrong
Chris Crawford

Earlier this week, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge went on an all-out verbal assault against social conservatives, including pro-lifers, within the Republican Party. He called social conservatives “narcissists and ideologues” that are “too damned self-righteous” and are imposing “tyranny” on the nation. He said that pro-lifers had forgotten about the separation of church and state and he laid the blame for electoral losses at their feet.

Ridge is wrong in so many ways that it is difficult to know where to start.

First, Ridge is wrong about electoral politics. Republicans have lost the last two elections despite nominating candidates who, while they were pro-life, refused to go on offense on the issue of abortion. Five of the seven Republican congressmen who voted against a ban on sex-selection abortion were forced out of Congress during the last election cycle. And in Ridge’s home state of Pennsylvania, the voters have elected broad cross sections of pro-life, bipartisan legislators to the U.S. House and Senate.  

Additionally, Ridge’s own self-righteousness is alarming considering his record on abortion. In the wake of the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia, many Americans wondered how such a monster could work undetected for such a long period of time. The grand jury in the case placed the blame squarely upon Governor Ridge. Describing Ridge’s administration, they said the following:

“…the Pennsylvania Department of Health abruptly decided, for political reasons, to stop inspecting abortion clinics at all. The politics in question were not anti-abortion, but pro. With the change of administration from Governor Casey to Governor Ridge, officials concluded that inspections would be ‘putting a barrier up to women’ seeking abortions. Better to leave clinics to do as they pleased, even though, as Gosnell proved, that meant both women and babies would pay.”

In the name of “women’s health”, Tom Ridge allowed Gosnell’s House of Horrors to go uninspected for 18 years, despite warnings of illegal late-term abortions and the death and harm of women within the clinic. Ridge would have Republicans believe that he was a pro-woman, pragmatic governor who focused on governing. In reality, it was Ridge who was an ideologue, choosing to score political points rather than protect women.

Ridge is right to say that there is a split in the Republican Party. On one side, there is a man who enabled Kermit Gosnell. On the other, there are those who are working to stop future Gosnells.  It is not a divide between right and left, it is a divide between right and wrong. And Tom Ridge is standing on the wrong side.


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Tags: Kermit Gosnell, Pennsylvania, pro-life, Republican Party, Tom Ridge
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