NYC abortion demo

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Thu Oct 12 10:16:42 PDT 2000


you don't want to tell your parents... you don't have the expect Medicaid to pay for it... you don't wait and think about it for 24 hours after your counseling appointment... you wait too long and it's after 24 weeks... you are in one of the 86 percent of counties that don't have a provider.... you can't get time off from work to drive 400 miles to the nearest provider.... the clinic you're about to go to has just been bombed or your doctor has just been shot.

Since Roe, in 1973, there have been 32 Supreme Court cases affecting abortion. In 1999 alone, more than 400 restrictions on abortion were brought before state legislators. Outside the law, there have been six murders, 16 attempted murders, and over 2100 reported acts of violence against providers since 1977. For more than thirty years, radical feminists have been at the forefront of fighting for women's right to control their own bodies-but you wouldn't know that from the media, which rarely covers abortion rights as something won by, and preserved by, a grass roots activist movement of women.

History In Action, a multigenerational group of activists, invites you to a speakout about how we got abortion rights-and what we have to do to keep them.

What: No Restrictions! A speakout about feminism and abortion rights When: October 26, 6:30-8:30

Where: Judson Memorial Church (the site of an illegal abortion referral service pre-1970), 55 Washington Square at Thompson St.

Speakers: include poet Marge Piercy, journalist Ellen Willis (an original Redstocking), Third Wave activist Lebwah Sykes, Frances Kissling of Catholics for a Free Choice, and National Organization for Women-NYC executive director Alexandra Leader.

History In Action is made up of current or former members of Third WavHistory In Actionction Coalition (WAC), No More Nice Girls, Refuse and Resist, Redstockings (past and present), Gainesville Women's Liberation, Voters for Choice, Bluestockings Collective, The National Women's Health Network, Lesbian Avengers, Barnard/Columbia Students for Choice, NARAL, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Gabriela Network, Kilawin Kolektibo, the Chicago Women's Liberation Union, the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock band, Jane, Reproductive Rights National Network, and Women's Liberation-Seattle.

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