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Emmy(R)- and Golden Globe(R)-Nominated Actress Marcia Cross to Join Lifetime Networks and Members of Congress From Both Parties at Capitol Hill Press Conference

Will Deliver Record 20 Million Signatures Collected on in

Support of Eradicating 'Drive-Through' Mastectomies - Bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act Allows Women Choice to Recuperate for at Least 48 Hours in the Hospital Following Major Breast

Cancer Surgery -

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Desperate Housewives" star Marcia Cross will join Lifetime, Senator Landrieu (D-LA) and Representatives DeLauro (D-CT) and Moran (R-KS), at a Capitol Hill press conference to give voice to the 20 million signatures collected on urging Congress to end the practice of "drive-through" mastectomies, when women are forced to leave the hospital following their physically and emotionally difficult breast cancer surgeries before they and their doctors may feel they are ready to go home. Senator Landrieu and Representatives DeLauro and Moran are championing the bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007 (S.459/H.R 758), which includes no mandates but allows a woman and her doctor to decide if she is best off going home or staying in the hospital for at least 48 hours after having a mastectomy.


-- Actress Marcia Cross, "Desperate Housewives"

-- Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

-- Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

-- Representative Jerry Moran (R-KS)

-- Meredith Wagner, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Lifetime


-- Dr. Kristen Zarfos, Director, Comprehensive Breast Health Center

and Attending in General, Endocrine and Breast Surgery at St.

Francis Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut; Assistant Professor of

Surgery at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine

-- Breast cancer patient

When: Wednesday, January 23rd

10:30 AM Press Arrival

11:00 AM Press Conference

Marcia will be available for select one-on-one interviews

immediately following the conference. Please call to schedule.

Where: U.S. Capitol Building, Room H-137


The bipartisan Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007 (S.459/H.R 758) allows a woman and her doctor to decide whether she should recuperate for at least 48 hours in the hospital or whether she has enough support to get quality care at home. It does not mandate a hospital stay, if both the woman and her doctor feel it unnecessary. The bill is sponsored by Representative DeLauro (D-CT) in the House and Senator Snowe (R-ME) in the Senate. To date, the legislation has 204 co-sponsors in the House and 18 in the Senate. Lifetime's online petition at to end "drive-through" mastectomies has been signed more than 20 million times at


LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating on a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital (including are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.


Marcia Cross is a passionate advocate for breast cancer awareness, as she has several friends who are survivors. Cross was upset to learn that women have had to endure "drive-through" mastectomies, and was eager to travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with Members of Congress to bring attention to this issue. Cross can currently be seen starring on television's hottest dramedy "Desperate Housewives" on ABC. As 'Bree Van De Kamp,' the ultimate perfectionist, Cross brings to life Wisteria Lane's most complex character. Last year she was nominated for an Emmy Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. In the show's first season, Cross received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Comedy, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. The critically acclaimed show won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series Comedy, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series and a People's Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama. Aside from her successful career as an actress, Cross has also made time to continue her education. She recently completed her clinical training to earn a Masters Degree in Psychology. Cross makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband and twin daughters.

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