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 www.Roevbush.com 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.