Historic Online March Celebrates Roe v. Wade
NATIONAL ONLINE MARCH SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE / HEALTH
Posted to portside by Ellen Shaffer.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - January 22, 2012- Americans in support
of reproductive justice, health and rights are having our
say on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade without having to take
a plane, bus or car. With just one click on their computers,
mobile phones or iPads, marchers from Hawaii to Maine are
linking up in a national online march targeting Congress,
governors and state legislatures.
The marchers represent a partnership of more than 50
organizations and groups across the country, including
coordinating sponsors Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign and
MoveOn, as well as Planned Parenthood, NARAL, People for the
American Way, and National Nurses United. They intend to
send a clear message to their congressional and state
lawmakers: hands off women's rights.
"The online march is building the momentum and solidarity we
need for the year ahead," says Ellen Shaffer, PhD, co-
director of the San Francisco-based Trust Women /Silver
Ribbon Campaign. "Many women are angry that our health is
being used as a political football. We need Congress and the
states to fix the economy and to fund vital basic health
services, that are especially critical for low-income women,
and to quit interfering with our private decisions about our
reproductive health. This online march is our way of saying
we will stand up and be counted for reproductive justice.
According to Shaffer, 2011 was a record year for legislative
assaults to restrict access to reproductive health care,
including 135 provisions in at least 36 states. And Shaffer
says there were 92 measures restricting access to abortion.
In response, the online marchers will send messages to
members of Congress, state legislators and governors to
underscore that most Americans trust women to decide what's
best for themselves and their families.
"As a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent medicine
and as a mother, I am concerned and outraged that women are
being demonized and targeted for decisions that should be
personal and private," said Sophia Yen, M.D., a co-founder
of the Silver Ribbon Campaign. "I want to insure that my
patients and my own daughters continue to enjoy the right to
plan their families and pursue their career goals. For
women, that means protecting and expanding reproductive
rights. I hope that many other medical professionals across
the U.S. will join me in this groundbreaking action," says
The national online march is taking place from January 20 -
27, 2012, during Trust Women Week, in conjunction with the
celebration of the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the
landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Marchers can send one of six messages to be delivered
directly to lawmakers: "I trust women and I vote;"
"Reproductive rights are human rights;" "Keep abortion safe
and legal, make it accessible and affordable;" "Stand up and
be counted for reproductive justice;" "We are the 99%. Fix
the economy, and stop the attacks on women's health;" and
"Contraception Is Prevention." The online march also includes
a real-time map showing the location of the marchers. The
march site and online map are developed by MoveOn.
To link to the online march, click here.
For more information about the online march and how to
participate, visit the Trust Women/Silver Ribbon Campaign.
To see the group's pro- choice banners:
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