Off The Record: On Religion, Politics & Equality
“Voices from the Womb” is coming to Capitol Hill. Sponsored by the Christian Defense Coalition and others the group will be performing live ultrasounds and all lawmakers are invited to the show. The event is to take place in the Congressional Auditorium in the Capitol Visitor Center. This seems to be a ramp up from a similar stunt in Ohio earlier this year where fetuses (unsuccessfully) testified before congress.
This from a story in the Christian Post titled Pre-born to ‘Speak’ Through Live Ultrasounds on Capitol Hill:
Through the use of “real time” ultrasounds performed on women in the first through third trimesters of pregnancy, the public and members of the Congress will be able to hear for themselves what the beginning of life sounds like, straight from the womb.
Beginning at the Congressional Auditorium in Washington, D.C., “Voices From the Womb” will launch its national campaign in October “to let the children of America ‘speak’ for themselves about ending abortion,” according to a statement.
The Oct. 13 event, which is sponsored by The Stanton Project, the Christian Defense Coalition and the National Pro-life Center, is open to all 535 members of Congress and the public to witness history in the making.
After the kickoff campaign, “Voices From the Womb” will begin a tour performing ultrasounds throughout nation, in schools, churches, state capitals, parks and legislative hearings.
Because ultrasound machines are now much more compact and mobile than ones made previously, the organization is able to take its message to the streets, giving the unborn a unique opportunity to “speak” for themselves.
This will do nothing but serve as opportunity for anti-choicers to hold up ultrasounds of third-trimester pregnancies to decry abortion. Why wouldn’t they? Seems to be the chosen method for the radically anti-choice Operation Rescue. If only there was truth in advertising required for anti-choicers. We know – and they know – that over half of abortions in the United States take place prior to the 8th week of gestation – the majority before the first trimester. Therefore, instead of wandering around clinics terrorizing women with signs featuring full term fetuses, they would instead be required to terrorize women by clutching signs showing something closer to the size of a sunflower seed.
Will there be protests by pro-choice advocacy groups? Don’t know. I had a brief conversation with my overstretched SIECUS go-to woman about this event, they are, like me horrified and now, thankfully aware.