January 27, 2008 9:01 PM
Marcia Cross wasn’t playing her traditional “Desperate Housewives” character on Capitol Hill last week. Instead, she took on the role of advocate for legislation to stop “drive-through” mastectomies. Ms. Cross joined with Lifetime’s “Every Woman Counts” effort to deliver 20 million signatures on petitions urging Congress to act on legislation that would allow women to stay in a hospital up to 48 hours after a mastectomy. At a National Press Club appearance Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., praised the actress, saying she would help to bring more attention to the cause. Ms. Cross said she didn’t understand why the legislation was taking so long to pass Congress. “I think it’s time to put a fire under it, get it done, put it behind us and have it be one less thing for women to have to think about,” she said.