Sen. Greg Ball, R-Carmel, Putnam County, painted lawmakers (Democrats, presumably) as Birkenstock-wearing, granola types who can be won over with pro-environment messages as he schooled Knights of Columbus prayer rally participants today on how to lobby on abortion.
“The grass roots is extremely important. That’s why im grateful that you’re here today. But when you go into those offices, whether it be assemblyman or senator, if they’re wearing Birkenstocks or drinking Starbucks, they may not be on our side,” he said.
“So this is what I want you to do. You’ve got to take off your pins and your hat. If you want to go without shoes, that’d probably help. I need you to say that you’re lobbying for sea turtles. Don’t yank me offstage yet, I’ll get to my point. You’re lobbying for sea turtles. You got it? You walk in there and you say, ‘These sea turtles, they’re so precious. They’re cute, they’re green, they’ve got these little flippers. You’ve got to protect sea turtles,'” he said.
According to Ball, lawmakers immediately would agree with them, and that’s when they should bring up the “save the sea turtle egg” argument. Without the eggs, there won’t be any sea turtles, he said.
“And once you got them there, you got them good. Does anybody know where I’m going?” he asked. “And you say, ‘You know, if you believe it’s important to protect the sea turtles you can help us do the same thing for another species,'” that is, human beings.
One of the bills the Knights of Columbus opposes would update state abortion laws in case of any action on the national level that reduced or limited abortion. New York’s law pre-dates Roe v. Wade, and it was never updated because of that federal decision.
Ball encouraged participants to “walk in there with logic and hit them hard,” and make sure they get a yes or no answer.