On October 13th, a new group is showing up in Washington to make “their voices heard.” Yes, carrying on that great legacy of the suffragettes, of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and even N.O.W. and the Vietnam protesters, the anti-choice coalition of activists are bringing the fetuses to Washington, D.C. to let them “speak up” for their own rights.
According to Voices From the Womb, “All 535 members will be personally invited to witness live ultrasounds on women who are in their first, second and third trimester of pregnancy. Members of the House of Representatives and the Senate will have the opportunity, for the first time, in the United States Capitol to ‘hear’ from the pre-born children of America.”
Of course, there’s a reason why they are bringing fetuses at least 12 weeks (10 weeks gestation) to “testify,” despite the fact that a vast majority of abortions are performed before that time. It’s because earlier fetuses really don’t look like much of anything, yet.
Once more, “fetal theater” rears its ugly head with anti-abortion activists reiterating their belief that the woman carrying the child is just a vessel, and the “pre-born” is the real focal point. Notice, the women won’t be invited to say anything. Just the fetuses they carry.
As Jessica Wakeman at The Frisky puts it: “Once again, anti-abortion activists do something emotionally manipulative with what they call the ‘pre-born child’ which does not address a women’s right to make decisions about her own body. No one who believes in planning parenthood denies fetuses have little developing hearts, fingers or toes. Women and families who decide to have abortions are simply prioritizing their own well-being and/or the well-being of their existing children over bringing more children into the world.”
Still, you can expect a lot of Congressional members to attend. After all, this is an election year.
Now, are you worried that you might miss this momentous occasion to see a fetus “speak?” Well, don’t be. The fetuses will be doing a national tour across the country following their debut in D.C., so you can catch them “in schools, churches, state capitals, parks and legislative hearings.”
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