DALLAS — Inside Kimberlyn Crowe's Oak Cliff home, knitting has always been quiet therapy. Suddenly, it's become a way to make some noise.
"Words don't do any good because it's all been said," she declared. So she let the yarn became her words and her hobby become her voice.
"The statement is: 'Get your hands off my uterus!'" Crowe said with a laugh.
She began knitting uteruses last week. On Sunday, she joined a group of North Texas knitters inside a Garland home.
They knitted, crocheted, and sewed dozens of uteruses. They will send them to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other select lawmakers in Austin and Washington who, they believe, have cast votes cutting funding to women's health care and limiting access to birth control.
Crowe is keen to send lawmakers a message. "Here's your own uterus; now keep your hands off mine," she said.
At Sunday's knitting party, there was hearty laughter and plenty of philosophical debate. They want the same from the lawmakers.
"You know what? When somebody laughs, they open up," Crowe said. "And when you open up, you can begin a dialog, and you can find your common ground."
The Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas says the knitters have a right to voice their opinion; they just disagree with their position.
"Everyone has a right to peacefully speak their mind," said Becky Visosky, a spokeswoman for the group. "But we're looking at a religious liberty issue here. Religious institutions that are providing social services to people — regardless of their faith — should not be forced to subsidize something against their belief system."
The uterus-knitting project is happening nationwide. Crowe says some politicians who have voted in ways they support will receive uteruses, too, with a note saying "Thanks."
The hand-made uteruses will be hand-delivered to Gov. Perry's office during a march in Austin in late April.
"You know, one could hope the heavens will open, light will shine down, and they'll get it," said Crowe with a smile. "I hope what they'll hear is there's a lot more of us than they might have thought of to start with."