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Women’s March To Host National Demonstration For Reproductive Freedom On October 2nd

by Holyn Thigpen

On October 2 at 11 a.m., Women’s March will mobilize thousands of women, feminists, and allies to fight for reproductive freedom in demonstrations across the country. 

The National March to Demand Reproductive Freedom will be held in Washington, D.C. and run from Freedom Plaza to the steps of the Supreme Court. It has been organized with over  90 partner organizations, including Planned Parenthood, The Frontline, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice.

This collective action comes in the wake of Texas’ new law banning abortions after six weeks of pregancy – the most extreme abortion bill enacted since the passage of Roe v. Wade. Additionally, the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it will be reconvening on December 1 to hear oral arguments challenging a Mississippi law that bans almost all abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy.

As soon as this Friday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Georgia’s six-week abortion ban, with the state appealing a judge’s ruling last year to block the law from taking effect. 

Abortion is becoming the nation’s greatest political battleground, with reproductive freedoms put at increasingly greater risk. 

Alongside the D.C. march, over 525 sister marches are set to run across the country. The Women’s March website has maps and information for locating demonstrations near you and also includes information for hosting your own sister march. Women’s March encourages hosts to march to city halls and courthouses or organize sign-holding events in busy public areas. 

“Abortion has been the law of the land for almost half a century—but Republicans across the country and the Trump Supreme Court are eagerly throwing away precedent to police and politicize our bodies instead,” said Women’s March Executive Director Rachel O’Leary Carmona.

“We’re calling on everyone who cares about reproductive freedom to start acting with the urgency this moment demands, and join us in the streets on October 2nd to show our power and demand our rights not be trampled on.” 

Top Photo: Rhododendrites via WikiMedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0 

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