From time to time, we here at Cooch Watch run across a Virginia politician whose ideology and political aspirations merit the honorary title of Mini-Cooch. Today, we bestow that title onto a woman named Susan Stimpsons. Ms. Stimpsons is currently the Chairman of The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and would like to be your next Lieutenant Governor. And just like The Cooch, Suzie likes to pretend she is not just another educated, privileged, woman hater, but a lowly and struggling grassroots politician. On her website, Suzie states: “I will turn our grassroots values into conservative governing policies.” It’s talk like this that sent shivers down our spines here at Cooch Watch and should send shivers down the spine of every freedom loving Virginian.
Furthermore, Suzie sent out a long and ranting email Tuesday (see entire content at the end of this blog, or her Facebook page) on the 40th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, explicitly outlining her agenda to end all abortion access in our Commonwealth.
In the email, Suzie promises that she “will not be silent on the right-to-life. I will use the bully-pulpit of the Lieutenant Governor’s office to lift the conscience of our Commonwealth.” Sound like anyone else we know? She then goes on to say how much she admires Delegate Bob Marshall.
It’s important to watch these radical and seemingly unelectable right wing candidates. They sneak in sometimes and before you know it, you’ve just had a political ideologue make radical changes to your basic human rights.
Forty years ago today the Supreme Court handed down Roe v. Wade. In his dissent, Justice Byron White accurately described this decision as “an exercise of raw judicial power” with no basis in the Constitution. National Right to Life estimates that nearly 50 million innocent children have died as a result of this decision.
In Virginia, we know abortion claims 30,000 lives every year.
Little girls and boys. Future sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers. Future teachers, firefighters, doctors and entrepreneurs. Many are minorities. Perhaps even a future President. Lives snuffed out without a chance.
This shocking figure is a shameful tragedy for a state whose heritage is life and liberty. Yet most Virginians are oblivious to the toll. The pictures of these children are not broadcast on our TV screens.
As we mark this somber anniversary, let us pray that the unborn might be soon spared. But more than that, what are we going to do to try and save these 30,000 babies this year. We do everything we can to protect our own children, yet we know 30,000 unborn babies will die this year alone in Virginia abortion clinics.
We pro-lifers have been told for years to be patient. That we need to win hearts and minds as the death continues. But most Republicans avoid the issue like the plague – the plague that abortion is!
Our history is replete with inspiring examples of rare leaders in public life who elevated the big moral issues of our day in spite of the political risks. Leaders like William Wilberforce who was outspoken in Parliament for twenty years until he mustered the public opinion and votes to abolish slavery in the British Empire. Leaders like the founders of our Republican Party who would not let our national conscience rest until slavery was abolished from the union.
If you want someone who will “play-it-safe” on the life issue – I am not your candidate.
I will not be silent on the right-to-life. I will use the bully-pulpit of the Lieutenant Governor’s office to lift the conscience of our Commonwealth.
That is one reason I admire Delegate Bob Marshall. He starts each legislative session with bills designed as if lives depend on them.
Because they do!
I pledge as your next Lieutenant Governor to begin each day with a renewed strength to fight for those who are too small to fight for themselves.
I pledge as your next Lieutenant Governor to lead on the life issue in the State Senate – the historical “graveyard” for pro-life bills. I will lead in both in the Senate Republican Caucus and as presiding officer on the entire Senate.
And I pledge to be an effective spokesperson for the right-to-life – the most fundamental of all our liberties.
I understand the press is sympathetic to the pro-abortion lobby, and they portray us as radical and anti-women for seeking to protect innocent life. But we must engage and win this debate. We must work to present our side more persuasively as we advance stronger pro-life legislation and public education. We must affirm and not condemn. We must also inform women of the truth about the toll abortion takes on those who have them so they are no longer victims of the pro-abortion machine.
Clearly, women in America are shouldering many burdens. What are we doing as a society to strengthen them and encourage strong families? If we don’t fill the void, something else will.
Like Planned Parenthood.
They reported a record number of abortions (334,000 in 2010) yet a paltry 2,300 adoptions were facilitated by them. Their revenues have skyrocketed yet their preventative health services like cancer screenings are down by 29 percent. Forty-five percent of their funding comes from tax dollars, and while Planned Parenthood denies it goes to abortions, we know that this money is fungible.
And even though Republicans have all three branches of government here in Virginia, we still have not completely defunded Planned Parenthood. I call on Republicans to strike and zero out Planned Parenthood’s budget line and stop using tax dollars to fund abortions.
We must never forget that our cause is historic and just: we are in this to save 30,000 Virginia children a year from certain death, and to protect the women exploited and hurt by the pro-abortion lobby.
Let us pray together for the unborn, and for our Legislators and Governor, that they might have the courage to do their utmost to save the 30,000 babies whose lives are at stake this year in Virginia.