Marjorie Dannenfelser

There is another way. Those of us who espouse authentic feminism reject the idea that abortion is the be-all and end-all in how successful a woman’s life will be. We reject the notion that mothers must become enemies of their children. The well-being of women, families, communities and nations can only be enhanced and strengthened by challenging this false and cruel dichotomy.

One woman poised to do so is Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA). McMorris Rodgers will give the Republican rebuttal to the State of the Union tonight. She is a leader among a growing group of accomplished pro-life women in Congress. These women understand that protecting the lives they carry and strengthening women in leadership are not only compatible choices, but complementary and essential roles.

A mother of three, including one child with Down Syndrome, McMorris Rodgers credits her children with making her a better person and a better legislator. She is taking her message of help and hope for the weakest among us across the nation through her work with the Congressional Down Syndrome Caucus.

The droves of pro-life women and young people charging into the seemingly arctic winds last Wednesday did so not only to counter Roe’s enshrinement of abortion on demand in 1973 but the attempted silencing of this much-needed conversation about caring for the most vulnerable in our midst.

For forty one years, women across the country have suffered at the hands of unscrupulous abortionists – while their children, some old enough to feel excruciating pain, are killed in the womb. This happens daily by the thousands – and polls show that Americans are blood-weary of it.

The tide is turning with numerous state legislatures and the U.S. House of Representatives voting for historic legislation to protect babies after 20 weeks, more than halfway through pregnancy and when science shows they can feel pain. Women, it should come as no surprise, overwhelmingly support this legislation – in fact, they do so in higher percentages than men.

So, yes, Mr. President, women want to fulfill their dreams. And the dreams of all their children, not just the perfect, the privileged and the planned.

Marjorie Dannenfelser

Marjorie Dannenfelser is President of the Susan B. Anthony List.

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