It is being reported that 45 year old “Desperate Housewives” star Marcia Cross was lobbying on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, bringing with her a petition of more than 20 million signitures, in an attempt to speed up the passing of an act that would outlaw “drive through mastectomies.
Drive through mastectomies refer to hospitals discharging women from the hospital the same day that they are operated on to have one of their breasts removed.
According to Cross, who has had friends of hers battle breast cancer in the past, now that health care is such a prominant issue in the US now is the time to address this horrific situation.
“It’s such a simple bill that it’s hard for me to understand why it’s been languishing in Congress for 10 year. When they told me about it, I just said, ‘What’s the problem?’” the actress said according to the Associated Press.
“I tried to imagine losing a foot and then (people) saying, ‘OK, now go home.’… It’s just really unfathomable. One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. 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,” she said.