Dozens Of Pro-Choice Women Rally In Seattle

Dozens Of Pro-Choice Women Rally In Seattle
SEATTLE - It has been 33 years since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in Roe v. Wade.

Now, pro-choice supporters fear the end of Roe is near.

Dozens of women rallied outside Seattle's Federal Building Monday hoping to send a message to Washington, D.C. where a Senate committee is expected to advance the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito.

Democratic Congressman Jim McDermott joined the rally saying the confirmation of President Bush's pick would pave the way for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe.

"I don't want Alito on the Court because it raises the odds that we're going to get into this fight again," he says.

King County Executive Ron Sims added, "When somebody says to me 'I'm pro-life' I say all of us are. But we also believe in the woman's fundamental right to make the most difficult decision she's ever going to make and to keep the government's hands and nose out of that decision!" Sims remark drew cheers from the crowd.

The noon-time rally drew little opposition. The political chatter to a very personal turn when Emily Lyons came forward. Lyons was a nurse at an Alabama women's clinic when it was bombed by Eric Rudolph on January 1998.

Rudolph was sentenced to life. A Birmingham police officer was killed in the blast but Lyons survived -- a changed woman.

"It's something that never should've happened," she says. "No one in this country should tolerate that kind of behavior from anybody. I don't care what your views are."

A peaceful anti-abortion rally took place in Washington, D.C. where hundreds participated in the March for Life. The rally drew hundreds of supporters - including President Bush - who phoned the group saying they were endorsing a "noble cause" and he expects them to win the battle to reverse Roe v. Wade.