by Steven Ertelt
April 28, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Hundreds of pro-life women of all ages came to Congress on Wednesday to say they, not pro-abortion groups, represent the real voices of women on the issues of abortion and stem cell research.
The "Real Women’s Voices" lobbying day, sponsored by six leading pro-life organizations, saw nearly 300 women come to Washington and another 1,200 women sign up online to participate in spirit.
Representatives of groups like the National Right to Life Committee and the Susan B. Anthony List, gave the women a brief overview of lobbying strategy. Then, they were off to members of the House and Senate to persuade them to vote pro-life on the issue of parental notification and filibusters against pro-life nominees.
"Mainstream media usually does not air the voices of these women even though they are the voices of women across the United States," Dr. Pia de Solenni of FRC Action said of the women attending the event.
"Millions of women voted in the last election and made it clear that values matter to them," de Solenni said. "Now they’re coming to Washington to make sure that their voices are heard on issues that effect their lives and the lives of the generations to follow."
The women also heard presentations from leading pro-life lawmakers, including Rep. Sue Myrick (R-North Carolina), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), and Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kansas).
Speakers also included Dr. Alveda C. King, founder of King for America; Helen Alvare, Associate Professor at the Catholic University; Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Singer-songwriter, Kara Klein; and Rachel Campos-Duffy of Real Word: San Francisco.
Sponsoring groups were pleased with the show of support and the caliber of the women who participated.
"We believe that the testimony of these women has the potential to save the lives of other women and children by gaining Senate support for important pro-life legislation," Lanier Swann of Concerned Women for America said.
Other sponsoring organizations include the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Eagle Forum and Family Research Council Action.