Susan B. Anthony List Advisory Committee Member Eunice Kennedy
Shriver died today at the age of 88 at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis,
Massachusetts, surrounded by her family. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was a
sister of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, and
mother of Maria Shriver, the first lady of California. She founded the
Special Olympics in 1968.
"No one more than Eunice Kennedy Shriver understood better the power
held by the most vulnerable in our society," said Susan B. Anthony List
President Marjorie Dannenfelser. "She fought for those hidden in the
shadows of life, while acknowledging that they teach us far more than
we could ever offer them. She was consistent in her championing of
every vulnerable human life."
On July 14, 1992, Eunice and Sargent Shriver joined PA Governor Bob
Casey (D-PA) and many other influential pro-life leaders in signing a
full-page ad in the New York Times protesting the Democratic Party's
embrace of the abortion-rights agenda. The ad, titled The New American
Compact, called for support of policies that embrace both mother and
child. The ad concluded with the following statement:
We can choose to reaffirm our respect for human
life. We can choose
to extend once again the mantle of protection to all members of the
human family, including the unborn. We can choose to provide effective
care of mothers and children. And if we make those choices, America
will experience a new birth of freedom, bringing with it a renewed
spirit of community, compassion, and caring.
"Eunice Kennedy Shriver's heart for the most vulnerable among us will
be deeply missed," said Jane Abraham, General Chairman of the Susan B.
Anthony List. "She fought for the dignity inherent in every human life,
born and unborn. Her legacy will serve as a life-affirming example to
young women everywhere, and for that we are so blessed."
Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an early supporter of the Susan B. Anthony
List and its mission to advance, mobilize and represent pro-life women
in the political process. She and her husband, Sargent Shriver, also
lent their time and talents to the efforts and activities of Democrats
for Life of America and Feminists for Life.
Source: Susan B. Anthony List
Date: August 11, 2009
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