Last updated on: 5/16/2014 4:06:56 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

Susan Bevan, JD Biography

Title:
National Co-Chair of Republican Majority for Choice (RM4C)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“I am pro-choice because, as a lifelong Republican, I believe that individual rights should be paramount—and that this extends to the rights of individuals to make personal decisions about reproduction. As a mother, of course I am pro-life, and I believe that the government’s role in creating and enforcing reproductive health legislation is to protect individuals’ ability to access all options. While this is the truly Republican thing to do, it is also the right thing to do. The government must not be involved in personal healthcare decisions. Those who oppose contraception and abortion are free to make that choice for themselves and their families, but not for others…

Those under the supposedly “pro-life” umbrella falsely believe that outlawing abortion prior to fetal viability will reduce the rate and occurrence of abortions. Decades of data show that this is simply not the case.

The actual impact is an increase in later term abortions that risk the life and health of the mother—a decidedly anti-life result. In addition, these efforts are explicitly unconstitutional and a waste of both time and tax dollars in defense of a losing cause, diverting attention from the real work our Congress needs to do to run our country. We know—both from the recent testimony of hundreds of Texan women and from the statistics provided by the CDC and other health organizations—that these kinds of unnecessary intrusions into the private relationships between individuals and their physicians are dangerously out of line with any efforts to promote or protect life. They are similarly out of line with a genuinely conservative philosophy of limited government.”

“Susan Bevan: National Co-Chair, Republican Majority for Choice,” catholicsforchoice.org (accessed May. 5, 2014)

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • National Co-Chair of Republican Majority for Choice (RM4C)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Breast Cancer Alliance, 2010-present
  • Trustee, Greenwich Library
  • Vice-Chair, Alpha-Phi Foundation
  • Member, Advisory Board, Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich YWCA, and Greenwich Council of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Former lawyer practicing in California, Illinois, and New York
  • Formerly served on the Vestry at St. Barnabas Church
  • Appeared on Up with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC, July 2013
  • Education:
  • JD, DePaul University College of Law
  • Graduated, University of Washington
  • Contact Info:
    Phone
    202-629-1300, Republican Majority for Choice
    Email
    [email protected] (Republican Majority for Choice)
    Website
    Republican Majority for Choice website
    Other:
  • Has three children
  • Quoted in:
    Should Abortion Be Legal? – Pro & Con Quotes