Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers rebukes newspaper’s Ruth Marcus…
(Kaylee McGhee) A leading Republican Congresswoman bashed a Washington Post article on Sunday, saying the article’s defense of aborting children with Down syndrome was “offensive.”
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, took to Twitter in response to a Post column titled “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right,” written by the paper’s deputy editorial page editor, Ruth Marcus.
McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the House and a mother to a child diagnosed with Down syndrome, said on Twitter that she “struggled to put into words how offensive it is.”
In her piece, Marcus defended the right to abort fetuses diagnosed with the disability during pre-natal testing.
In response to legislation passed by states like Ohio, Louisiana and North Dakota, that would ban aborting fetuses who have been determined to have genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome, Marcus said these bills were “unconstitutional.”
She said the bills limiting abortion were also “unenforceable” and wrong.”
Marcus, a mother of two, wrote that she would have chosen to abort a fetus diagnosed with Down syndrome because the genetic disability is “life-altering for the entire family.”
“Accepting that essential truth is different from compelling a woman to give birth to a child whose intellectual capacity will be impaired, whose life choices will be limited, whose healthy may be compromised. Most children with Down syndrome have mild to moderate cognitive impairment,” she wrote.
McMorris Rodgers responded to Marcus on Twitter, saying “I know how difficult it is to be told that your child’s life is going to be different than you dreamed.”
McMorris Rodgers argued that parents should look for the potential in each child instead of deciding they will have a lower quality of life.
“Today, Cole is in the fifth grade,” McMorris Rodgers tweeted. “He finds joy in learning. He is a great big brother. He’s very personable and very motivated. He is in Cub Scouts and plays basketball. He lights up a room and people are drawn to him! He is living a life full of huge possibility.”