For the 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade *
Come to DC Jan. 20 - 26th for a WEEK OF ACTION
The patriarchal root of control over women is seen in human trafficking, domestic violence, prostitution, pornography, rape and sexual assault, street harassment, femicide and the entire panoply of gender abuse that afflicts us. Perhaps nowhere is it seen more clearly than in the effort to control women's inalienable reproductive rights.
Abortion and birth control are fundamental rights.
Forcing women to have children against their will is a form of enslavement.
And if women – half of humanity – are not free, then no one is free.
Those of us old enough remember the time, right here in New York, when it was common for women to be found bleeding or exsanguinated in stairwells and back alleyways. Victims of botched abortions, they were frequently discovered with coat hangers or other crude instruments still protruding or nearby. This occurred so often that it was barely newsworthy unless the victim was white and middle class. The 'coat hanger' is not an urban myth. It was the reality of women's reproductive rights just 40 years ago.
We Won't Go Back!
ABORTION ON DEMAND & WITHOUT APOLOGY!
Defeat the War on Women!
Forty years after the right to abortion was won, this right is hanging by a thread. Abortion is more stigmatized than ever before. Women are shamed and harassed for seeking abortions. Abortion is not available in nearly 90% of U.S. counties. Despite a “pro-choice” president, recent years have seen record numbers of anti-abortion restrictions across the country; 92 restrictions were passed in 2011 under Obama, shattering the previous record of 34 restrictions passed in 2005 under Bush. Doctors are stalked, terrorized and killed for providing abortions.
It is time to turn the tide.
Register today to take part in all (or part) of the We Won't Go Back! Week of Action in Washington DC to stand up for abortion rights on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Organize your student group or friends to join you.
Jan. 21: Take abortion rights into the crowds at the Presidential Inauguration
Jan. 22: Abortion Rights Protest on Roe v. Wade Anniversary
Jan. 25: Counter-protest the anti-abortion “March for Life” (i.e. March for Forced Motherhood)
Jan. 26: Emergency Summit to Defend Abortion Rights and Defeat the War on Women
* January 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade – the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nation-wide.