I have been seeing a lot of commentary
questioning, no stating, that Dino Rossi is not prolife. When I first saw it, I
said, "What is this?" Looking a little closer, it seems to be coming mostly
from the Clint Didier camp in order to create separation between the two
candidates and to breathe life into the Didier campaign ... Ya gotta love
I particularly was amazed with the charge
that Dino supported pro-abortion legislation in Olympia when he was a Senator
there. I called Bob Higley to make sure my recollections were correct. Bob
Higley was the first President of Washington Evangelicals for Responsible Government (WERG) when it was formed with the help of Ellen Craswell and
WERG paid for a lobbyist in Olympia to
represent Biblical causes. Bob led it for a number of years and then became the
lobbyist when I became the President of WERG. We worked together on issues like
abortion for almost 20 years. We were in on every battle relating to abortion
over all that time. I asked him if
Dino was always with us on the pro-life issues. Bob answered quickly that Dino
Rossi was always to be counted on in the pro-life concerns.
This charge that Rossi voted to violate
the conscience of medical providers and support abortion during his time in
Olympia seems strange. I thought Dan Kennedy at Human Life of Washington did a
good job in pointing out the actual facts in the case. (I have a high regard
for Dan Kennedy who has been one of the most vigorous and outstanding pro-life
forces in Washington State for a very long time). Here is some of what they
was specifically approved by the three Catholic bishops and their lobbyist, Sr.
Sharon Park, indicating it did not promote abortion. It offered contraception
options to women who were raped. Pro-life legislators were quite concerned and
asked for the analysis. The WSCC signed off on the bill because they stated
that conception would not occur in the time period provided in the bill.
Assured by WSCC that the drugs in the legislation act as a contraceptive, not an
abortifacient, and "hospitals" not ER workers are required to
provide, they were further assured no separate "conscience
protection" in the bill was necessary".
The charge that the bill which Rossi
supported is "against Catholic, Christian, and pro-life values" is refuted by
the support the Catholic Bishops gave to the bill. The language of the bill is
clear enough that it is not about abortion. The law says it deals with "... health
care treatment approved by the food and drug administration that prevents pregnancy,
including but not limited to administering two increased doses of certain oral
contraceptive pills within seventy-two hours of sexual contact." Maybe the
point is too fine for some, but abortion, which terminates a pregnancy is not
the same as "preventing pregnancy".
I am appreciative of the tremendous
effort the Catholic Church has put into the pro-life issue. I appreciate people
like Clint Didier and I think we need his activism in this state. I am not
appreciative of the politically self-serving effort to misrepresent Rossi's
record in Olympia.
> Rossi was with us in Olympia.
> I was there.
> Bob Higley was
> Dan Kennedy was there.
Maybe I shouldn't note, but I will, who wasn't
> I never saw these would-be politicians who criticize Dino there.
Dino has apparently not been willing to
make abortion the centerpiece of his campaign. I do not understand pro-lifers
who criticize the man saying he is not really pro-life. I thought Paul Aker
made sense when he affirmed that what we really need to do is change hearts and
minds. We have been making progress, slowly but surely, in the pro-life
movement. Until we achieve greater success in the general population with our
message there will not be a lot of legislative success. In the meantime, we
have work to do but the work is not to treat solid conservative pro-lifers like
Rossi as if they were Patty Murray.
I think successful armies fire at their
opponents not their friends. Dino Rossi is a friend to us in the pro-life
community. Help set the record straight. Forward to a friend!
Yours for the Kingdom,