Rep. Sally Faith, Norella Huggins
Four members of Women's Voices, Norella Huggins, Pat Soraghan, Marilyn Ratkin and Barbara Finch, traveled to Jefferson City on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2007, to talk to legislators and participate in the First Freedom dinner, which was co-sponsored by Voices and 11 other state-wide organizations.
Speakers at the dinner focused on issues concerning the separation of church and state. Women's Voices shared the following with legislators:
- Every child in Missouri deserves access to a quality education, and the only way to achieve this is to adequately fund public education. Tuition tax credits and school vouchers are not a means to this end.
- The concept of "intelligent design" does not belong in the science curriculum in Missouri public schools.
- The issue of stem cell research has been decided by the voters; it should not be put back on the ballot for a re-vote.
Pat Soraghan, Rep. Ron Casey,
As a result of this dinner, Rep. Brian L. Baker from Belton, MO, a conservative Republican member of the House of Representatives, circulated a letter to his colleagues criticizing some of the sponsoring organizations, including Women's Voices. Read Rep. Baker's letter
(which quotes liberally from our website, and focuses particularly on our positions on reproductive choice and gay rights). Read our president's response
to Rep. Baker's charges.
Prior to the dinner, members met with Senator Michael Gibbons, president pro tem of the Senate, and two of his staff members to discuss their concerns about health care issues. While the legislature is crafting a new plan called Missouri Health Net, members of Women's Voices expressed their belief that every resident of the state deserves to have access to quality, affordable health care.
April 21, 2007 - Kirkwood, Missouri
Prevention First Rally
More than a dozen members of Women's Voices joined with other advocates from Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and the Missouri Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice at a post-Lobby Day rally in Kirkwood Park on April 21. Featured speakers were Congressman Russ Carnahan and his wife, Debra, who urged the crowd to continue working to keep access to reproductive choice safe and legal.