Women's march follow-up carries concerns to congressman's staff

Published: Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:20 PM EST
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Supporters of the Women's March in Roanoke were on the move again Thursday afternoon, taking their concerns to the office of Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte.

They said they were disappointed the congressman did not acknowledge the women's march in Elmwood Park and many other locations across the country on Saturday. And they expressed their opposition to H.R. 586, the "Sanctity of Human Life Act," a bill that could make it easier to ban abortion.

"We want to make sure that Congressman Goodlatte whose committee has the bill in its possession understands that his constituents really dislike the bill and think it's dangerous," said Tina Powell.

Members of the group gathered on the sidewalk, after they were turned away from the building where Goodlatte's office is located, but they did speak with Pete Larkin, Goodlatte's Chief of Staff.

Following the visit, a spokesman for Goodlatte shared the following statement:

"Congressman Goodlatte strongly supports the First Amendment right of Americans to free speech and assembly. Several times this month Americans have gathered to exercise this right, including at the Women’s March last weekend and at the March for Life on Friday.

Congressman Goodlatte appreciates hearing the concerns of Sixth District constituents. H.R. 586 was referred by the House Parliamentarian to the House Judiciary Committee. No further action has been taken. Congressman Goodlatte strongly supports the right to life and has been supportive of other legislation to permanently prohibit taxpayer funding of abortion, which passed the House this week, as well as bipartisan legislation that would ban abortions, with limited exceptions, in the United States after 20 weeks post conception – the point at which scientific evidence shows the unborn can experience great suffering."