Abortion rights advocates rally as Supreme Court hears arguments – Liberation News

On December 1, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Mississippi Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to assess whether state laws prohibiting predictable abortions are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court’s agreement to review Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban undoubtedly threatens nearly 50 years of Supreme Court precedent and is a test case to overthrow Roe v. Wade. In the United States, reproductive justice advocates have rallied in cities large and small to support the basic right to abortion; Liberation News was there.

.Washington, DC, December 1. Release photo.

In Washington, DC, two back-to-back rallies converged in the United States Supreme Court to demand that women be able to control their own bodies, their futures, and their lives, including access to safe abortion care and affordable. Hundreds of supporters throughout the day came to support women’s rights, listening to many inspiring speakers who had benefited from abortion care. The message was clear: Women are fighting back and will not stand idly by as a body politic of unelected and irresponsible politicians discuss their basic rights and needs.

United Educators of SF vice-president Nathalie Hrizi speaks in San Francisco. photo of the release.

PSL’s Bay Area branch held a conference in the heart of downtown San Francisco on the evening of December 1. With workers returning home, shopping and holiday shoppers stopping to listen and support, speakers connected the points of the struggle to defend abortion to the global system of capitalism that neglects and exploits women. Nathalie Hrizi, vice-president of Substitutes for United Educators of San Francisco and national editor of Breaking the Chains Magazine, shared her experience as a mother and as a worker: “I am well aware that every time I get pregnant, it doesn’t happen. there was no support… when we are pregnant, when we give birth and when we are trying to take care of our children. PSL organizer Binx Ramos explained the history of the oppression of women and insisted that we must get rid of capitalism: is not a dream to imagine the emancipation of women and the queer emancipation – it’s a reality today. Women hold half the sky!

San Diego, December 1. Photo of the liberation.

Members of the PSL San Diego, Peace & Freedom Party SD, Sunrise Movement SD, SD Socialist Alternative, Armadillos Search & Rescue and SD Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and other community members gathered in front of the Hall of Justice of San Diego to demand protections for abortion rights. Many passers-by stopped to hear a speech from PSL member Tori Barron, who works full time at Planned Parenthood. She spoke not only of the need to stand up for Roe, but also of the right-wing attacks workers and doctors face for performing safe and legal abortions. “Be clear,” said Barron, “these people who are pushing lawmakers to challenge safe and legal abortions are not pro-life. They are forced pro-birth, forced pro-pregnancy and pro-control. Cars honked in support as they drove past the rally, and even the young lawyers leaving the courthouse stopped to sing along with the crowd.

hNYC, December 1. Release photo

About 30 people gathered at the New York County courthouse in Manhattan at 5 p.m. for a rally organized by the Socialism and Liberation Party to legalize abortion once and for all. Speakers linked the system’s attacks on reproductive health care to the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell taking place just steps from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second District – both demonstrating that the ruling class, Democrats and Republican, is determined to perpetuate the exploitation of women. As activist unrest continued, organizers also filed a petition in support of the Women’s Health Protection Act, explaining to passers-by the importance of passing the law to protect the right to abortion. for women across the country.

In New Hampshire, on the morning of December 1, some 200 people gathered at the State House in Concord, organized by Planned Parenthood NH Action Fund and co-sponsored by Kent Street Coalition, National Association of Social Workers – NH, Granite State Progress. State representative Maria Perez told Liberation: “I am here because abortion is something that affects all of us, especially the victims. [of sexual assult]… And I am here to stand up for those who have no voice or whose voices have been cut off. Abortion should be our right… we should be able to decide what happens to our body. I am here to let Governor Sununu know that his decision should be for us and not just for him, or whatever suits his political campaign. He should think about a woman’s right to choose… ”

Later in the day, members of the Socialism and Liberation Party – Southern New Hampshire and organizers from the Reproductive Freedom Fund NH, Occupy NH Seacoast and the Seacoast Overpass Light Brigade staged a visibility action in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH at 5 p.m. Participants sent out a leaflet for a community discussion on reproductive rights this coming Sunday and called for the passage of the law on the protection of women’s health. The Viaduct Light Brigade brought illuminated letters spelling “️ Roe v. Wade ”, while RFF – the state’s only abortion fund – held a banner with a QR code to collect donations to fund access to abortion.

On the National Day of Action to Stand Up for Abortion, around 20 people gathered outside the busy Ruggles station in Boston in 30 degrees. Speakers from Boston DSA, Massachusetts Public Higher Education Network and Boston PSL addressed the crowds as those on the evening commute stopped to listen. Socialism and Liberation Party organizer Kim stressed in her speech: “The lesson we need to learn today is that this is not the act of an enlightened politician or a progressive stench in it. tune that caused Roe or that ALL of the changes came from struggling. So I invite you all here to continue to join us in this fight, to stay connected and organized because the fight has never stopped.

ibe In Atlanta, a speech was held before the United States Court of Appeals. 1st December. Photo of the liberation.

At the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati at noon, local organizers and activists attended a conference hosted by Planned Parenthood. Participants shared their personal experiences with abortion, and why access to abortion is necessary for health care. NARAL, Equality Ohio, United We Stand Cincinnati, and the Socialism and Liberation Party were all in attendance.

Seattle, December 1. Photo of the liberation.
Pasco, Washington, December 1. Photo of the liberation.

In Seattle, Radical Women and Socialism and Liberation Party protesters gathered outside the downtown Federal Courthouse at 7 a.m., while across Pasco State, Washington, the PSL and Womxn’s March met after sunset to clarify their position. .

Pasco, Washington, December 1. Photo of the liberation.

At the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati at noon, local organizers and activists attended a conference hosted by Planned Parenthood. Participants shared their personal experiences with abortion, and why access to abortion is necessary for health care. NARAL, Equality Ohio, United We Stand Cincinnati, and the Socialism and Liberation Party were all in attendance.

In Jackson, Mississippi, the organizations SHERO Mississippi, Mississippi Abortion Access Coalition, Planned Parenthood Southeast, Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity and Mississippi in Action organized a rally in support of abortion access and against the overthrow of Roe v . Wade. The rally was attended by more than 100 people, including activists from Texas, Louisiana and Alabama.

Protesters from several states gather on stage in Jackson, Mississippi, December 1. Release photo.

A few counter-demonstrators tried unsuccessfully to attract the attention of the participants, who blocked their hatred with chants and signs. The speakers explained how access to abortion is a problem for workers and people of color in particular. Lakeesha Harris, with LA Storyteller in Louisiana, said, “It’s all about workers’ rights during a pandemic where most workers struggle to find sufficient resources to survive: rent, food, diapers, whatever. which costs money, including access to abortion.

Mississippi is one of 11 states that have pulled out of the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, those same lawmakers who are proposing an effective abortion ban. Darius Nelson, a Jackson resident attending the rally commented on the hypocrisy, saying, “Why is abortion murder, but not having access to health care is murder more?” We are concerned about fetuses, but you don’t really care about human beings on this earth. ”

Kayla Roberts, Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund, said, “When I say abortion is part of health care, it comes down to when women are raped, women are not physically able to bear a child. This is when I say health care because these are things I think the government should pay for. Everyone talks about health care as if it pays for the things you need: your medications, your surgeries. What is abortion? Surgery and health care.

Access to abortion is particularly scarce in rural Mississippi, where the remoteness of the state’s only clinic and social stigma are huge factors. Lorena Quiroz, organizer of the Immigrant Alliance for Justice and Equity, shared the story of an Indigenous immigrant from rural Mississippi who had to deal with lack of access in the state and why it inspired her to fight :

“I am here because she did not have access to the abortion

I’m here because she can’t stand in front of you because of the trauma she carries in her body

I’m here because she was forced to endure a pregnancy that still hurts her

I’m here because this woman had the right to decide her body

We are here to fight for the right to choose

We are here for the right to safe abortions

We’re here to fight, and we won’t back down

We will not stop the resistance until we have safe abortions for all! “

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