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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is the proud mother of a son with Down syndrome, and she had a powerful response to a Washington Post op-ed in which author Ruth Marcus said she would have aborted a fetus with Down syndrome.

McMorris Rodgers, who chairs the House Republican Conference, took to Twitter to express her disagreement with the column and share the joy her 10-year-old son Cole has brought to her family.

On "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, McMorris Rodgers said that she found the piece "quite disturbing," because of the timeless principle that human life must be cherished.

"I would submit that Ruth hasn't spent enough time with kids that have Down syndrome. I want to invite her to come spend some time with Cole," McMorris Rodgers said, explaining that her son -- like many with Down syndrome -- has so much potential and the ability to have an amazingly positive impact on the world.

Marcus wrote in the column that states' efforts to ban abortions of Down syndrome fetuses would be "unconstitutional, unenforceable — and wrong."

She wrote: 

I have had two children; I was old enough, when I became pregnant, that it made sense to do the testing for Down syndrome. Back then, it was amniocentesis, performed after 15 weeks; now, chorionic villus sampling can provide a conclusive determination as early as nine weeks. I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on

McMorris Rodgers acknowledged that it can be tough for parents-to-be to learn that their child has Down syndrome, but just because something is tough doesn't mean it's negative.

"We should be celebrating the potential of every person in this country," she said. "We should be warriors for human dignity and human value. And that's my passion and that's my message to Ruth."

Watch more above, and see Sarah Palin's fiery response to Iceland's practice of aborting fetuses suspected to have Down syndrome.

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