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By Joel Pavelski
Attendees from around the world streamed into the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in the nation’s capitol on Wednesday morning for the third day of the second global Women Deliver conference, carrying pink bags with the inscription: “Celebrate Motherhood.” But conference organizers made sure the pink bags, and the information they contained, barely made it inside the doors.
The bags were offered by a small band of staffers and interns led by Jeanne Head, R.N, an experienced labor and delivery nurse, who serves as National Right to Life Vice President for International Affairs and also NRL’s United Nations Representative. They arrived outside the convention center at 8 am, and were promptly asked to move across the street.
After about an hour, an attendee from Uganda walked across the street to ask for another bag. She had actually wanted to read the contents, she said. It was at this point that the staffers discovered from the Ugandan attendee that conference organizers were confiscating the bags and throwing them away. According to the Ugandan attendee, conference organizers were heard telling attendees that the pink bags contained information that was “anti-human-rights,” “anti-choice,” “anti-life,” and “anti-woman.”
And so it was for that hour that the staff was outisde the convention center: attendees received the pink bags, walked across the street, and only to be required to dispose of them inside the building by conference organizers. (And from that point on, conference organizers began inspecting every bag being brought in because, in their words, the conference had been “infiltrated by anti-abortionists.”)
What was inside the pink bags that warranted such an immediate, censorious response?
The “Celebrate Motherhood” bags contained a small plastic fetal model of a 12-week-old unborn child, a small replication of an unborn child’s feet at 10 weeks gestation, a brochure on prenatal development, and a brochure containing information on proven means of reducing maternal mortality rates world wide (the supposed focus of the conference).
“Many international people really loved the information,” said Andrew Bair, one of the interns passing out the literature. “There were two women who loved the [12-week-old] baby models.”
Head managed to negotiate the return of the confiscated materials from convention center security – if she came back at 5 pm once the conference was over.
“There is nothing in this bag that tells anyone whether or not to have an abortion,” Head said, “It’s fetal development, medical facts, and a fetal model. They celebrate motherhood, and taking them is a violation of free speech. And it’s certainly anti-choice and anti-woman by denying attendees access to the full range of information on this vital subject.”
The three-day Women Deliver conference, co-sponsored by organizations that included United Nations Population Fund, USAID, UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, says on its website that the goal for the event is “delivering solutions for women and girls.” In practice, this means promoting abortion around the world.
The website also says that this year’s conference will “expand on Women Deliver’s hallmark of inclusivity, reaching out to new partners and new communities.”
But apparently, if you can’t include them, just find them, confiscate them, and trash them. It seems that for the organizers of Women Deliver 2010, inclusivity applies only to people who agree with their political platform.
At long last…pictures from the convention floor!
These show the booth in a very primative state during set-up on Friday. Notice the large shipping crates surrounding us.
The view looking down the main aisle:
It’s that time of year again! The annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Music City, USA – Nashville, Tennessee. And nowhere is more Nashville than the Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
The National Right to Life team – Olivia Gans, Derrick Jones and Jessica Rodgers are once again on the exhibit floor of the convention to share information with the more than 5,000 attendees. The convention also gives us a chance to meet some of our station partners who broadcast our daily five-minute radio program, Pro-Life Perspective and partner with new stations to help spread the pro-life message.
In addition to promoting our broadcast outreaches, we’re once again ready to share information on fetal development, abortion’s impact on the Black and Hispanic communities, unborn pain and maternal mortality.
We’ve got the booth set-up and our mobile office functional (so we can continue to respond to members of the press contacting us about the current news affecting the pro-life movement) and we’re ready to go.
The exhibit hall opened a little more than an hour ago. Already, we’ve had visitors from all parts of the country working in various ministries. We’ve also had some international visitors from Macedonia.
We’ll have more dispatches live form the convention floor including pictures of the set-up, of the staff in action and some shots from around the hotel.
LATEST NEWS & INFORMATION
- Last week, the President released his proposals for health care reform and the White House hosted a health care summit. Have you check out the most recent Action Alert from the National Right to Life Legislative Action Center to see what you can do? Please bookmark the Legislative Action Center and make a point to visit it frequently as the situation in Washington is changing on a regular basis.
- In response to President Obama’s Proposals, National Right to Life issued three releases analyzing the proposals:
NRLC in the News
- Associated Press: Nebraska lawmakers discuss fetal pain abortion bill (25 Feb)
- Washington Post: Expecting final push on health care, interest groups rally for big finish (27 Feb)
- New York Times: Anti-Abortion Group Opposes Increased Oversight of Premiums (22 Feb)
- Columbus Dispatch: Right-to-Life orator to be honored on House Floor (11 Feb)
NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson, writing on National Review Online, takes Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus to task for promoting abortion lobby’s line that the Capps Amendment is a “compromise” that preserves a careful balance on federal abortion policy. Johnson writes: “One of the biggest whoppers of the summer is the argument that the Capps Amendment to the Obama-backed health-care bill (an amendment that was actually written by pro-abortion champion Rep. Henry Waxman and his veteran staff) represents a ‘compromise.’ A meeting of the minds between Planned Parenthood (which loves the Capps Amendment) and the congressman from West Hollywood is not likely to be much of a compromise, and this one is as phony as they come. The Capps Amendment, if enacted, would insert the federal government into the abortion-funding business in two very big ways, both of which would mark sharp breaks from longstanding federal policy.” Read the entire essay here.
Listen to then-Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama promise abortion as part of a public health care plan.