WASHINGTON, April 29, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Almost 200 women from all across the country came to Washington, DC Wednesday, to make their voices heard, declaring abortion harmful to women and their unborn babies. Pro-life women met with every United States Senator urging them to confirm President Bush’s judicial nominees and support pro-life legislation.
For the first time, pro-life women joined together to lobby the U.S. Senate in an unprecedented effort to make pro-life women’s voices heard. Several pro-life groups worked together including Susan B. Anthony List, National Right to Life, Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Eagle Forum, Family Research Council, and Concerned Women for America to sponsor the national women’s lobbying day on Capitol Hill.
“There is a misconception among many that the majority of women support abortion. This is not the case,” stated Jane Abraham, President for the Susan B. Anthony List. “Polls consistently show that American women are more pro- life than pro-choice and overwhelmingly support restrictions on abortion. Women are coming to Washington to speak out and to lobby on behalf of women and unborn children.Â They want Congress to hear real women’s voices, not misconceptions.”
The day began at 9:00 a.m. with a training breakfast, where pro-life experts Dr. Dave Prentice with FRC, NRLC Legislative Director Doug Johnson, and Senator Frist’s judicial aide Bill Wichterman detailed the specifics of how to lobby.Â Congresswomen Sue Myrick and Marilyn Musgrave also attended to give words of encouragement to women citizen lobbyists.
After a press conference and intensive lobbying, the historic day ended with tears and words of hope from Senator Sam Brownback, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, and Congressman Roscoe Bartlett. Kara Klein sang “Beautiful Still,” her song dedication to Terri Schiavo. Lastly, the “REAL women”, as organizers referred to those participating,Âshared their emotional, heartfelt and energetic experiences.