Just 500 People Heading to DC to Demand Abortion Funding in Health Care Bills
by Steven Ertelt
December 1, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates have been planning a massive rally in the nation’s capital for weeks, urging them to join their call for Congress to ensure the health care bills fund abortions with tax dollars. Yet, as of Monday evening, a Planned Parenthood representative said just 500 people would attend the combined rallies.
Seeking tens of thousands of people for their protest, Planned Parenthood joined with NARAL, other pro-abortion groups, pro-homosexual organizations and labor unions to jointly sponsor the event.
But, in an interview conducted late yesterday, Tait Sye, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood, admitted to The Hill, a Congressional newspaper, that only a few hundred people would show up.
It has certainly struck a nerve, Sye said, yet The Hill indicates she informed it that the "lobby day is expected to draw around 500 abortion-rights advocates to rally in the Dirksen Senate Office Building and door-knock on Capitol Hill."
In an indication that even the most zealous abortion advocates don’t care much about forcing taxpayers to fund abortions, The Hill reports that Planned Parenthood is delivering a petition with 70,000 signatures and NARAL has one with 90,000 signatures that both groups plan to deliver to lawmakers on their lobbying day.
Yet, the abortion industry is apparently unable to convert those signatures into people willing to attend a rally to stand up for government funding of abortion.
Joy Yearout of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women’s group, noticed how abortion advocates are downplaying the numbers for their rally.
"On the heels of their efforts to send coat hangers to intimidate pro-life Democrats in the House, abortion groups are organizing a lobby day on Capitol Hill tomorrow," she said. "After being criticized for being late to the party on health care, the abortion lobby is desperately seeking to undo pro-life gains in health care reform."
Yearout says pro-life groups are working overtime to stop abortion funding and have more support because Americans are on their side.
"Pro-Life groups are working hard to ensure health care reform is not hijacked to include the greatest expansion of government-funded abortion since Roe v. Wade," she says. "Fortunately, we have the American people on our side. Recent polls show that 61% of Americans oppose funding abortion on-demand."
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