Marcia Cross Lobbies In Front of Congress

January 24, 2008 By:
Marcia Cross Lobbies In Front of Congress

It's awesome to see actors out doing their part while the strike is still in full swing. Marcia Cross joined several prominent Congresswomen to lobby for the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007.

The bill mandates that women have the right to spend at least 48 hours in the hospital after having a mastectomy. Currently many women are forced by their insurance providers to be sent home the very same day. The bill has been languishing in congress for almost a dozen years.

"One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime," Cross said. "I've seen it up close and personally. I'm sorry to say I don't have a friend, but friends who've been diagnosed with breast cancer, and when I first heard about drive-by mastectomies I was shocked."

Cross said for her part, she would like Hollywood to get more involved with the issue. She said roughly 20 million people a week watch ABC's
'Desperate Housewives,' the same number who signed the petition, and television can be a powerful medium. Her show already has a character with a different kind of cancer, but she said she'd suggest other shows, such as Grey's Anatomy, dedicate an episode to drive-by mastectomies.

"I don't want this to be a one-hit day," she said after the news conference. "I really want to raise awareness and get this done after 12 years. I don't want it to go another five or 10."