by Steven Ertelt
January 7, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates disrupted a press conference on Thursday by pro-life women’s groups seeking to express their support for the Supreme Court nomination of Samuel Alito.
Alito, who has said there is no right to abortion in the Constitution, would replace pro-abortion Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, something abortion advocates don’t want to happen.
As Family Research Council vice president Connie Mackey addressed the press conference, NARAL and a group of angry abortion advocates tried to disrupt her speech and the press conference.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life political group, described the scene.
"Pro-abortion protesters barged into the press conference wearing ‘blood’-spattered shirts and chanting, ‘Bush and Alito will outlaw abortion and women will die," she explained.
"You do not represent the majority of women in this country," Mackey politely informed the protesters. She quoted polling data that shows American women support pro-life legislation such as parental notification and oppose partial-birth abortions.
"True to form, advocates of so-called “choice” angrily tried to silence our choice to support Judge Alito’s fair confirmation process," Dannenfelser added.
Dannenfelser said abortion advocates are angry "because they know that they cannot extract a commitment from Judge Alito to continue the judicial damming-up of mainstream, commonsense legislation to restrict abortion."
Polls continue to show that a majority of American women take a pro-life position on the issue of abortion.
A June 2003 poll conducted by the pro-abortion Center for the Advancement of Women found 51% of women took a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions while only 30 percent said it should be generally available.
A September 2003 survey conducted by the Polling Company found 54 percent of women selected one of three different pro-life views opposing all or almost all abortions. Only 39 percent backed abortion.
FRC president Tony Perkins said of the incident, "It’s almost funny. NARAL professes to believe Judge Sam Alito wants to silence them, while they’re busy silencing other women."
TAKE ACTION: If you’re a pro-life woman, write a letter to the editor citing the above polling data and mentioning this incident. Tell your community that women are pro-life and oppose abortion.