Central New Yorkers March to Defend our Reproductive Rights – Saturday, October 2
One of more than 600 actions across the country
Syracuse, NY – On Saturday, October 2, at 11 a.m., a diverse cross-section of central New Yorkers will take to the streets to demand an end to the dangerous and growing attacks on reproductive rights and freedoms in this country. A brief kickoff rally at Planned Parenthood, 1120 E. Genesee St., will include remarks from New York State Congressman Pam Hunter. Walkers will head to East Genesee St., reaching the Federal Building for a noon rally.
The action in Syracuse is organized by the Syracuse Women’s March in conjunction with Planned Parenthood of Western and Central New York as part of the National Day of Action which will include more than 600 events in all 50 states.
The Syracuse Women’s March describes their motivation for organizing the march: “We are doing this for our daughters, for ourselves, to protect reproductive rights, including safe and legal access to abortion, for all humans. We will not be going back barefoot and pregnant.
Nodesia Hernandez, organizer of the Syracuse Women’s March, adds: “As African American women we have always been compromised due to multiple experiences of racism, including discriminatory health care practices from slavery to slavery. the post-Civil Rights era. In a country where I still often do not feel free, I must at least be in control of my body, of my reproductive rights. For over 400 years, the babies of my ancestors were pulled from their wombs and their arms. Reproductive rights are human rights. Mental health care and health rights for all. “
The actions in Syracuse come as the Supreme Court prepares to begin oral argument on October 4 in a case that could determine the future of abortion rights for all in our country. The rally at the Federal Building will feature a wide range of downtown New Yorkers sharing their message through speeches, spoken word and music.
“Pregnant people have a constitutional right to receive abortion care,” notes Hillary Warner, head of outreach and education programs at Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York. “However, Texas’ new abortion ban makes it virtually impossible for pregnant women to access legal and safe abortions in her state. We come together today in solidarity, to show our support for those whose rights, health and well-being are compromised by this unjust ban. “
The organizer of the Syracuse Women’s March, Nada Odeh, noted: “Women have fought for decades for their right to vote, to work and to feel equal in society, the right to control their own. body. There are many situations in which women have required abortions, whether for health reasons or for other reasons. As a woman from the Middle East, I believe that equality and freedom begins with the right to control my own body, to have my own strong voice and to be heard.
To promote safety given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the action will all take place outdoors and participants are asked to wear masks.