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Dear Friends,

On Tuesday evening, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) gave a moving address about the hope and opportunity all Americans share. Responding to the President's State of the Union message, she spoke of the grandeur of "a nation where a girl who worked at the McDonald's Drive-Thru to help pay for college can be with you from the United States Capitol."

She also talked about her wonderful son Cole, a little boy with Down Syndrome. She described him as "a 6-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 21st chromosome or without a dollar to our name -- we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential."

Last summer, Rep. McMorris Rodgers' former staffer, now-U.S. Rep. Jaime Beutler Herrera (R-WA), gave birth to a little girl with Potter's Syndrome, "a kidney and lung condition that's typically fatal." Both of these brave women have shown that every child is a precious gift. One week after the March for Life, let's keep remembering that.

Sincerely,
Rob Schwarzwalder
Senior Vice President
Family Research Council

P.S. FRC's Executive Vice-President, Lt. Gen. (ret) Jerry Boykin, earlier this week submitted eloquent testimony to the House Armed Service's Military Personnel subcommittee regarding "Religious Accommodations in the Armed Services." Read the full text of his timely comments here.


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