KNAU and Arizona News
Wed May 23, 2012
DC Residents Protest AZ Representative Franks
Protestors gathered outside the D-C office of Arizona Republican Congressman Trent Franks today. The group is upset with the congressman’s effort to ban abortions in DC after twenty weeks.
Protestors accused Congressman Frank of trying to play mayor by meddling in D-C’s abortion policies. So D-C residents collected a list of other local issues for the congressman to take care of, which they plan to pass on to his staff. Theatrics aside, the group of pro-choice activists is upset Franks is trying to pass legislation banning abortions in D-C after twenty weeks of pregnancy. Ilir Zherka helped spearhead the protest.
“Our view is that he shouldn’t be involved in local issues at all," said Zherka. "But if he wants to get involved in local issues, vis-a-vis this abortion issue, then he ought to hear from constituents in the District of Columbia and get involved in all these local issues.”
With the House in recess Congressman Franks isn’t even in D-C this week. Word of the protest got out and his staff locked the doors and turned off the phone lines. Attempts to reach Congressman Franks and his staff weren’t returned by deadline. But in the past Franks has argued the Constitution gives Congress complete control over local issues in the nation’s capital.