Pro-choicers to clog Congress' e-mail

WASHINGTON: A group of women's rights organizations have banded

together to launch a PR and lobbying offensive aimed at protecting

women's reproductive rights.

The lead group is the National Organization of Women (NOW), which has

declared a 'state of emergency' given President Bush's moves towards

changing abortion law.

NOW has enlisted Planned Parenthood of America and the National Abortion

and Reproductive Rights Action League to protest Bush's anti-abortion


Other groups, such as the Feminist Majority, the National Black Women's

Health Project and Catholics for a Free Choice, are joining in a plan

which includes bombarding senators with e-mail.

The coalition will recruit activists across the country to begin a

lobbying campaign during Congress' spring recess, April 7 to April 22.

The idea is crash the Senate's archaic computer system by filling it

with pro-choice e-mail messages. The groups will then march together in

Washington on April 22.

In January, Planned Parenthood drafted John Aravosis of Wired Strategies

to construct to oppose John Ashcroft's nomination as

attorney general. The site allows users to contact their senators

directly on the issue.

'Our response to the march will be something big, but we're not going

public with it,' said Loretta Hanley, assistant media director for the

pro-life American Life League.

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