RMC's National Co-Chair Candy Straight was recently honored by Women's Campaign Fund with the Wendy Mackenzie Lifetime Achievement Award for her commitment to supporting strong female candidates and her years of hard work campaigning to elect principled women into local and national office.
Candy was given this honor during the 33rd Annual Women's Campaign Fund Parties of Your Choice Gala at Christie's Auction House on April 22, 2013 in New York City.
North Dakota recently passed the most restrictive anti-choice legislation in the nation outlawing abortion at the first detection of a fetal heartbeat. A heartbeat can only be detected via an invasive trans-vaginal ultrasound and be found as early as 6 weeks into a pregnancy- before many women are even aware they are pregnant. But not all Republicans in North Dakota agree. Earlier this month State Rep. Kathy Hawken (R) joined nearly a dozen of her GOP colleagues at a “Stand Up for Women” march on the state capitol. Hawken said, “One of the key tenets of the Republican Party is personal responsibility,” she said. ”I’m personally pro-life, but I vote pro-choice, because you can’t make that decision for anyone else. You just can’t.”
The Violence Against Women Act was signed into law by the President on March 7! After much debate and controversy VAWA passed the Senate 78-22 and the House 286-138, with 87 Republicans voting in its favor. This would not have been possible without Republicans like you speaking out in support. Thank you!
A special thanks to RMC friends who voted in favor: Senators Susan Collins (ME), Mark Kirk (IL) and Lisa Murkowski (AK), and Representatives Shelley Moore Capito (WV-2), Charles Dent (PA-15), Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Richard Hanna (NY-22), Lynn Jenkins (KS-2) and Leonard Lance (NJ-7)! For information on how to contact these Leaders or to find out what other Republicans supported this legislation, please click here.