The Biggest, Most Disruptive Strike for Abortion Rights Is Coming to the US

The Biggest, Most Disruptive Strike for Abortion Rights Is Coming to the US
It's the first-ever national strike for reproductive justice.

by Marie Solis
Aug 2 2019

In May, attacks on abortion rights reached a peak. Over the course of a little more than a week, four states passed laws banning abortion in rapid succession, each seemingly more extreme than the last. In response, pro-choice supporters flooded local abortion funds with donations, reproductive rights groups organized demonstrations across the country, and Planned Parenthood launched a new “bans off my body” campaign. But when socialist organizers Jennifer James and Ximena B. took stock of the efforts to preserve abortion rights, they worried the pro-choice movement would still be trounced by its opponents.

No, it’s not time to march, or donate, or canvass, they thought: It’s time to strike.

Continued: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ne8jzk/the-biggest-most-disruptive-strike-for-abortion-rights-is-coming-to-the-us

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Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans

Thousands Of Women Across The US Marched To Protest Abortion Bans
"Should be at school but instead I'm busy protesting this SHIT."

Tasneem Nashrulla, BuzzFeed News Reporter
Last updated on May 21, 2019

Thousands of people across the US Tuesday marched as part of the #StopTheBans protest against the recent wave of anti-abortion legislation that has cropped up in several states.

More than 500 #StopTheBans demonstrations were set to take place at statehouses, town squares, and courthouses across multiple states, as well as in Puerto Rico and Ottawa, Canada.

Continued: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/stop-the-abortion-bans-protests

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USA – Coming to Terms With My Anti-Abortion Upbringing

Coming to Terms With My Anti-Abortion Upbringing

February 24, 2019
by MADLYN MCAULIFFE

I had my first encounter with our nation's abortion debate on an otherwise unremarkable day when I was about eight.

The details are fuzzy — I don't remember where I was exactly or where my mother and I were driving to — but I starkly remember the protest signs bearing graphic images of aborted fetuses surrounding our car. I remember crying, terrified, in the back seat. Despite this experience, I wouldn't learn exactly what the word "abortion" entailed until long after I was sent to Catholic school.

Continued: https://www.popsugar.com/news/Personal-Essay-Growing-Up-Anti-Abortion-45799088

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The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

The African ‘Women’s Wave’ is powered by pro-choice Christian feminists

January 18, 2019
Meagan Clark

As a young girl without much education, Anwuli moved more than 500 km (or 300 miles) to the sprawling megacity of Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, to find work as a maid. She never imagined her employer, or “master” as the term is still used, a family man with two children, would rape her.

When Anwuli’s pregnant belly began showing, the man’s wife threw her out of the house before anyone could find out what her husband had done. Unemployed and living with a girl friend, Anwuli met a woman named Olive Iroegbu, a community health worker for a Christian organization that aims to educate youth about sexual health and help victims of sexual abuse.

Continued: https://themediaproject.org/news/2019/1/19/the-african-womens-wave-is-powered-by-pro-choice-christian-feminists

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This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina

This Is What Women Have to Go Through to Get an Abortion in North Carolina
As Told To Macaela Mackenzie

November 21, 2018

Calla Hales oversees four abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia. For the past 40 Saturdays, she's been facing the front lines of an anti-abortion protest that drew thousands of pro-life activists. This is her story as told to Glamour's Macaela MacKenzie.

My typical Saturday commute to work feels a little like driving straight into a festival. There are tour buses, music blasting over loudspeakers, hundreds of people congregated in brightly colored shirts. Except this isn’t a festival or a fun town parade—I run four abortion clinics in North Carolina and Georgia, and this is the anti-abortion protest we face every week.

Continued: https://www.glamour.com/story/this-is-what-women-have-to-go-through-to-get-an-abortion-in-north-carolina

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How US abortion debate got to this point

How US abortion debate got to this point

By Philippa Thomas, BBC News
2 May 2018

As the Supreme Court hears arguments on another abortion case, two factions of the debate look back on how they got here and what they expect in the future.

Who cares about the exercise routine of an 84-year-old?

Thousands do, when that octogenarian is Ruth Bader Ginsburg - tiny, feisty, and fit. For liberal Americans, she's a vital progressive voice on the nine-member US Supreme Court. And to put it bluntly, they're invested in her staying alive. Because if she goes, her replacement will be named by President Trump.

Continued: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43957790

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In One Year, Trump Dismantled Reproductive Rights Around The World

In One Year, Trump Dismantled Reproductive Rights Around The World
Abortion rights advocates say the Trump administration, led by Vice President Mike Pence, is putting anti-abortion activists in influential roles.

By Laura Bassett
01/20/2018

NEW YORK― Women’s health clinics from Iowa to Kenya have been forced to close their doors. International nonprofits have lost the ability to provide birth control, HIV testing and fistula surgeries in the poorest communities around the world. Half a million U.S. teenagers no longer have access to sex education programs.

In a single year, President Donald Trump has already decimated reproductive rights and access to family planning in the U.S. and around the globe.

Continued: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/in-one-year-trump-dismantled-reproductive-rights-around-the-world_us_5a623b94e4b074ce7a080152

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Days into his presidency, Trump and the GOP have already gone hard against reproductive rights

Trump's Middle Finger to the Women's Marchers

Days into his presidency, Trump and the GOP have already gone hard against reproductive rights
By David S. Cohen
Jan 25, 2017

One of the central planks of this weekend's Women's March was "open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education." Millions of people around the globe showed up to support this principle and to protest Donald Trump's threat to reproductive freedom. The mass gathering was the largest single-day demonstration in the history of the United States.

This week, President Trump and his fellow Republicans responded to the historic action with a giant "Fuck you!" By quickly acting to restrict abortion rights both at home and abroad, their message was clear: We couldn't care less about your silly protest.

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Source, Rolling Stone: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/trumps-middle-finger-to-the-womens-marchers-w462977

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Call for International Solidarity Action on 21 January 2017

4 January 2017, by Safe Abortion

A Women’s March on America has been organised in the United States, inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, which calls on all US Americans to hold marches on 21 January 2017 in communities across the country.

These marches are being organised on Facebook. The date chosen for the marches is the day after the inauguration of President-elect Trump, and is aimed at making a statement to the incoming administration. The first organisers began planning for it the morning after the US election results were announced.

On 18 November 2016, one of the organisers, Breanne Butler, was quoted in the New York Times as saying: “We’re doing it his very first day in office because we are making a statement. The marginalized groups you attacked during your campaign? We are here and we are watching. And, like, ‘Welcome to the White House.’” Another organiser, Evvie Harmon from South Carolina, who is helping to organise for the march in that state is quoted as saying: “This is not an anti-Trump protest. This is the reaction of women and minorities across the world who are very disturbed by the rhetoric that was said over the last year and a half.”

The Women's March on Washington starts at Independence Ave SW & 3rd St SW, Washington, DC 20024, at 10am. The organisers ask you to RSVP on the Eventbrite website: bit.ly/womensmarchrsvp. This is not required, but is greatly helpful for planning. Main website.

The Women's March on America was called because so many people can't or don't want to travel to Washington, DC. As a result, there will be marches all across the USA. As of today, marches have been announced on Facebook in at least one city in 49 US states, plus Puerto Rico. These marches are being organised independently in each location. Here are links to all the Facebook pages for those marches. Main website.

The national organisers said on Facebook: "We march in solidarity with communities most affected by hate, intolerance, and acts of violence. Together, we will send a message to our leaders and the world that the United States of America stands for values of human decency, equal rights and freedom from discrimination." Here is the full Official Statement of the National Organizers.

The WMW Youth Initiative has called on young human rights defenders to support these principles:
1) Fight against forces of evil, not persons doing evil.
2) Our diversities are the strength of this country.
3) Non-violence is a way of life for courageous people.
4) Community is the framework for the future. Engagement is crucial.
5) Honor the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us.
6) Honor our community by first honoring and respecting ourselves.
7) We have the power to change the future.

 

Call for International Solidarity Action

We call on Campaign members to join an existing action or organise a new solidarity action in your country, near US embassies where possible, in support of everything this march stands for.

To date, events are being organised in 12 European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand. Details of those marches can be found at the links below. Please send a link to new events so we can publicise them, to: info@safeabortionwomensright.org.

We ask you to make sure the demand for the right to safe abortion is visible among all the demands of these marches, and to support the many other issues that they are taking up, including opposition to racism and violence, and support for the right to citizenship, social and economic justice, gender justice, sexual and reproductive health and rights, the rights and safety of immigrants, and much more.
Australia
Sydney

Austria
Vienna

Belgium
Brussels

Canada
EdmontonTorontoSt. JohnsOttawa

Denmark
Copenhagen

England
London

France
Paris

Germany
BerlinFrankfurt

Italy
Rome

Mexico
Jalisco (no link); Malecon

Netherlands
Amsterdam

New Zealand
AucklandWellington

Norway
Oslo

Spain
Barcelona

Sweden
Stockholm

Switzerland
Geneva

Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

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