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U.S. Rep. Bachmann to get anti-abortion award in D.C. before heading to Oxford

Michele Bachmann will receive the Marilyn Musgrave Defender of Life Award from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List group at its annual gala.

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann has a busy week: Before leaving for England to speak at the Oxford Union in England on Friday, she’ll be honored with a major anti-abortion award at a Washington, D.C., gala.

The Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-abortion candidates, will give Bachmann its “Marilyn Musgrave Defender of Life Award” Wednesday night at its annual Campaign for Life Gala.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the keynote speaker for the event at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Musgrave, a former Colorado Congresswoman, is vice president for government affairs at the Susan B. Anthony List, and said of Bachmann, who is not seeking re-election this year:

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“For the last seven years, Representative Michele Bachmann has been an unwavering advocate for women and unborn children in Washington. As a wife, mother, foster mother, attorney, public servant, and presidential candidate, she is a true trailblazer in the mold of Susan B. Anthony – an inspiration for future generations of pro-life women leaders … No matter what arena she seeks to conquer next, we know that she will continue her advocacy for the unborn and their mothers.”

In England on Friday, the title of Bachmann’s speech will be:  “Seeds of Progress: The struggle between innovation and bureaucracy.” It will examine the bureaucratic impulse to control innovation and how to create an environment that fosters growth and innovation rather than limits it, her office said.

In a statement about the speech, Bachmann said:

“It is a high honor to be invited to speak at the Oxford Union and share ideas with some of the brightest young minds in the world. I believe that it is no coincidence that the greatest explosion of innovation in history accompanied our first experiments with political liberty and free enterprise. If we keep our societies open to innovation, we will continue to see breakthroughs that empower individuals to collaborate and transcend the bureaucracies that are thwarting progress.”