by Steven Ertelt
October 24, 2007
Real Women’s Voices Pro-Life Lobbying Seminar a Huge Success
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Last Thursday the Susan B. Anthony List joined with National Right to Life Committee and FRCAction to present Real Women’s Voices, a training conference for pro-life women activists from across the country. And there is no doubt it made a difference. When asked if she would recommend Real Women’s Voices to friends, one activist said, "Absolutely! It can make a difference in one’s way of thinking." From dealing with the media to discussing the abortion issue, attendees learned the practical skills necessary to make a difference for Life in their home communities. The activists also witnessed inspirational words from Congress’ dedicated and courageous Pro-Life leaders: Senator Sam Brownback (KS-Sen), Rep. Mike Ferguson (NJ-07), Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC-05), and Rep. Jean Schmidt (OH-02). After a day of intensive training, activists headed off to lobbying meetings with their legislators, where they discussed the Equal Rights Amendment and the importance of adding language to make the amendment neutral on the abortion issue. At the end of the day, women activists were inspired to make a difference for the unborn. One participant said, "When I came in this morning, I had no interest in political office. By the end of the day, I was saying, I have to run for something."
Kansas Pro-Life Legislators Upset Attorney General Attacking Abortion Case
Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison has upset some Kansas lawmakers by his spokesman attacking a case Johnson County Attorney Phill Kline has filed against a Planned Parenthood outside Kansas City. They are also asking why Morrison found no wrongdoing earlier this year. Republican Reps. Benjamin Hodge, of Overland Park, Mike Kiegerl, of Olathe, and Rob Olson, of Olathe have sent Morrison a letter asking that he and his staff make no more negative public comments about the case. Kline filed 23 felony and 84 misdemeanor charges last week against Planned Parenthood’s abortion business in Overland Park. Kline says it did illegal late-term abortions and maintained faulty records, among other things. “As the chief law enforcement officer for the state of Kansas, you have a duty to show respect for the criminal justice system,” they wrote. “Finally, we feel that the enforcement of the laws in Kansas should be both your and our top priority.”
Oakland and Boston Consider Buffer Zones Outside Abortion Facilities
Oakland, CA (LifeNews.com) — Oakland and Boston officials are proposing stricter buffer zones around abortion centers. Both ordinances came up at hearings on Tuesday night and Oakland’s calls for an 8-foot "bubble" around patients, staff and people accompanying women going to abortion businesses. If eventually adopted by the City Council, the Oakland ordinance would impose penalties of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Walter Hoye, a Union City resident who hands out pro-life literature says it is abortion activists who need rules to follow. "I’m a witness to the opposite – I’ve seen the escorts push and shove protesters," Hoye said. "The ordinance is one-sided, and there is no need for it." About the Boston proposal, Marie Sturgis of Massachusetts Citizens For Life calls it "an insult" and an assault on free speech. The new proposal would give Massachusetts one of he strongest "fixed buffer zone" laws in the nation, creating a hard 35-foot perimeter around a abortion center entrances and driveways. Existing law prohibits anyone within 18 feet of the entrance or driveway to an abortion facility.