WASHINGTON: The clatter of baby rattles will be echoing through the
Senate halls in coming weeks thanks to a throng of pro-life groups that
have come together for a nationwide campaign called "Shake the
The goal of the campaign is to remind senators and President Bush that
anti-abortion forces in America are unified, organized, and intent on
seeing pro-life justices appointed to the Supreme Court. Close to 30
organizations are lending their names and resources to the multifaceted
The baby rattles are the campaign's centerpiece. By going to
shakethenation.org, anyone can send rattles to their state's senators,
complete with a note asking them to vote for pro-life justices. "Do
everything in your power to protect children from all the brutal methods
of abortion," the note concludes.
Janet Folger, national director of the Center for Reclaiming America and
organizer of the campaign, claimed that as of last week, more than
20,000 rattles were in the mail. "You won't be able to walk through the
Senate without hearing this sound," she said as she shook a noisy
"When they're delivered, they make noise. When they're opened, they make
noise. Even if you throw them away, they make noise!"
According to an article in The New York Times last Tuesday, the campaign
is intended to "show a unified front after deep divisions (in the
pro-life movement) over embryonic stem cell research." Folger denied
that characterization. "I came up with the idea before May, so there's
not a lot of truth in that," she said.
Other elements of the campaign include a TV and radio advertising
campaign, an e-mail petition, and six weeks of coverage on the Coral
Ridge Ministries' TV program, available in more than 80% of US
Folger said the campaign is currently slated to run for four years,
though talks of expansion are already underway. "People already want to
know, 'Can we shake our state house?' Can we shake our school back to
life?' There could be a lot of different applications for this."