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RMC Op-Eds and Letters to the Editor

RMC Op-Ed: Reform… at What Cost?
By Susan Bevan, RMC National Board co-Chair (November 24, 2009)

Congress, the Senate and the President need to understand that women’s reproductive health deserves the same equitable treatment that these other preventable medical procedures enjoy. It certainly must not be used as a bargaining chip in the rush to pass one of the largest legislative initiatives of our time.

RMC Letter to the Editor: New Arizona Abortion Laws Are Wrong
By Frederick Vensel, RMC Member (October 2, 2009)

As a member of the Republican Majority for Choice, I know that these at-risk women might be desperate enough to consider — or obtain — a dangerous “back-alley” abortion, or attempt a self-abortion that is unsafe and potentially life-threatening.

Grand Rapids Press: Do Pro-Choice Views Have a Place in Today’s GOP?
By Meegan Holland (July 21, 2009)

Whether today’s Republican party is becoming receptive toward pro-choice views probably depends on which Republican you ask. A national organization called the Republican Majority for Choice writes in its mission statement that “We are deeply concerned with direction of our Party if it continues to endorse a social agenda that is both intrusive and alienating.”

Newsday: Is there a middle on abortion?
By Candy Straight, RMC co-Chair (May 25, 2009)

“Pro-life” and “pro-choice” are not medical terms; rather, they are labels created to segment voters for political purposes.

Huffington Post: Note to the GOP- Stop Shunning Social Inclusivity
By Susan Bevan and Candy Straight, RMC co-Chairs (May 13, 2009)

The GOP can only regain its political power by winning elections. And the Republicans who are being elected are doing so by embracing the real Republican majority. The party must follow their lead and create an incentive for fiscally conservative, socially inclusive elected leaders to stay Republican.

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The GOP Must Not Alienate it’s Moderates
By Kellie Ferguson, RMC Executive Director (May 4, 2009)

As an organization who has fought to elect Republicans to Congress, it is outrageous to hear the continuous cheers from members of the GOP over Senator Specter’s Party switch.

Philadelphia Inquirer: GOP Needs Moderate Republicans to Win
By Karen Chizeck, RMC Pennsylvania Chair (April 2, 2009)

As GOP registration shrinks, and the number of moderates grows, this is the time for a big-picture view.

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Steele’s Contradictions Continue to Hurt GOP
By Kellie Ferguson, RMC Executive Director (March 17th, 2009)

The GOP seems to be continuing the practice of wanting things both ways.  On the one hand, GOP leaders promote our history as the Party of limited government and personal freedom, yet they consistently promote big government intrusion in our pocketbooks and our personal lives.

Grand Forks Herald: Why Colorado Rejected Personhood Law
By Amanda Mountjoy, RMC Colorado Chair (February 26, 2009)

As the chair of Republican Majority for Choice Colorado, I helped lead the fight against the personhood ballot measure in my state last year. This deceptive language was promoted as simply granting equal rights to a fertilized egg, but the coalition we were a part of showed Coloradans just how extreme the amendment really was.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: GOP Must Reject Reproductive Rights Extremists
By Elsie Hillman, RMC National Board Member (February 19, 2009)

While we are traditionally the party of limited government intrusion and personal responsibility, the social extremist wing of the Republican Party has taken over and made abolishing choice a focus for the party.

The Hill’s Congress Blog: The Importance of Choice
By Kellie Ferguson, RMC Executive Director (January 22, 2009)

Roe has never been about promoting a particular choice; it has always been about giving families the freedom and privacy to make personal choices free from government control.

RMC in the News

The Hill: Senate Expected to Approve Sebelius Nod
By J. Taylor Rushing (March 2, 2009)

Republican Majority for Choice has a different view. Executive Director Kellie Rose Ferguson said that politically, the party risks damaging itself by considering abortion a litmus test for candidates and nominees.

Time Magazine: Steele Makes History
By Steven Gray (January 31, 2009)

“He understands the importance of having candidates who appeal to different constituencies without promoting a monolithic agenda,” says Kellie Ferguson, executive director of Republican Majority for Choice, a Washington-based group of moderate conservatives.

A New Republican Party
By Elvin Lim (February 2, 2009)

Steele’s moderate Republican supporters recognize as much. “He understands the importance of having candidates who appeal to different constituencies without promoting a monolithic agenda,” says Kellie Ferguson, executive director of Republican Majority for Choice.

RMC Press Releases

RMC issues Statement on New Gallup Polling (May 15, 2009)

The RMC issues a statement reminding Americans that it’s easy to be mislead by the wording surrounding the Gallup poll, but that at its’ core, it proves that Americans are still overwhelmingly for choice.

RMC Issues Statement on Senator Specter’s Switch (April 28, 2009)

The GOP needs to wake up and learn what its continued refusal to re-open the Big Tent is costing itself, says RMC leadership.

RMC Mourns the Passing of Ron Silver (March 16, 2009)

RMC issues a statement reflecting on the life and contributions of actor Ron Silver.

RMC Tells Steele to Stand Up to Extremists (March 13, 2009)

In light of Michael Steele’s recent comments on choice and backtracking, RMC tells him the time to pander is over.

RMC Applauds Embryonic Stem Cell Research Restriction Removal (March 9, 2009)

RMC celebrates the decision made to repeal restrictive funding limitations on this potentially life-saving research.

RMC in the News

Huffington Post (USA)
Congress, the Senate and the President need to understand that women’s reproductive health deserves the same equitable treatment that these other preventable medical procedures enjoy. It certainly must not be used as a bargaining chip in the rush to pass one of the largest legislative initiatives of our time.” RMC co-Chair Susan Bevan writes.

News

Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD)
Both sides of the abortion debate will be focusing on Baltimore today, when the City Council is expected to approve a first-in-the-nation law imposing new regulations on faith-based organizations that try to steer women away from the procedure.

Politico (Washington, DC)
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Monday that there is “no hypocrisy” in RNC staffers getting abortion coverage from their insurer.

Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO)
A local high schooler writes: “Learning about abstinence is not enough. We need an education program that will reveal the consequences of not practicing safe sex and includes information about contraception, healthy communication, responsible decision making and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.”

Of Note

Hotline on Call (Washington, DC)
Key conservatives on the RNC are circulating a resolution that would canonize an oft-quoted proverb attributed to Ronald Reagan. The resolution would prohibit RNC money from flowing to any candidate who disagrees with more than two itemized planks of the GOP platform — playing off Reagan’s maxim that anyone who agreed with him 80% of the time is not 20% an enemy.

Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
A leading Senate Democrat said yesterday his party is determined to push through a health care overhaul bill with or without Republican support because the “system is broken.’’

Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, CA)
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, a moderate Republican from Santa Maria who has parted with his caucus on key votes at the request of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been chosen by Schwarzenegger to be the next lieutenant governor.

Washington Times (Washington, DC)
While the White House is mum about who will be among the 300 or so lucky invitees to President Obama’s first state dinner Tuesday night, word is already leaking out about who’s not on the A-list.



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