Pro-Life Women Head to Washington to Lobby on Abortion, Stem Cell Research

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 11, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 11, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Pro-life women across the nation are headed back to Capitol Hill later this month to dispel the notion that pro-abortion groups like NOW and NARAL speak for them. They will be talking with their representatives about issues like abortion and embryonic stem cell research and telling them that women value life.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, one of the sponsors of the event, "Real Women’s Voices" says pro-abortion groups continue to mislead lawmakers in assuming they speak for the average woman.

"Now it’s time to set the country straight — and more importantly set the United States Senate straight," she said in an email to

Dannenfelser’s group is co-sponsoring the event with other major organizations such as Concerned Women for America, National Right to Life and the Family Research Council. The groups are looking for more women to head to Washington on April 26th for the second annual event.

Karen Cross, NRLC’s political director says pro-abortion groups also mislead members of Congress into assuming that a majority of women are pro-abortion.

"The abortion lobby continues to peddle the myth that they represent most women, despite the fact that poll after poll shows that Americans – including women — are more pro-life than pro-abortion," Cross explained.

In fact, 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.

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.

Women attending the event will participate in lobbying training with workshops led by longtime representatives of pro-life groups. Following the training breakfast, attendees will participate in meetings with senators and Senate staff on pro-life issues.

“These issues are of vital importance to the pro-life movement and they represent real change and real lives being saved and protected,” Cross explained.

"Now, more than ever, women must make their voices heard," Dannenfelser concluded. "We cannot sit back and watch as life-threatening bills are passed – like the unethical embryonic stem cell research bill already passed by the House."

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