Events in Northern countries planned in conjunction with Women’s March for Reproductive Rights | Health issues
WATERTOWN – On Saturday, a rallying cry will be heard across the country, both online and in person, to send a clear message: Attacks on reproductive rights will not be tolerated.
Following restrictive abortion bans, the Women’s March will return to Washington, DC, this weekend to rally in support of reproductive rights. In solidarity, organizations across the country will organize their own rallies and marches on the same day, including some in the north of the country.
Marches are being held in all states as the Supreme Court prepares to meet again for the October term. The Women’s March event was announced earlier this month, the same day Texas’ new abortion law came into effect – banning abortions after six weeks and giving Texans the power to sue providers of abortion. ‘abortion. The state’s anti-abortion laws are now the most restrictive in the country.
Katie M. Ramus, Experience Manager for Planned Parenthood of the North Country, is one of the people planning the Saturday events in Watertown and Canton.
âWe are all working in solidarity with the Women’s March and we have registered our event on their website to mobilize as many people as possible,â she said. âThe objectives are to express our message of support for access to abortion, to exercise our rights and to provide a safe opportunity for engagement for participants and volunteers of the walk that makes them want to continue. come forward and speak out on behalf of those causes that matter so much.
On Saturday afternoon at the Watertown Health Center, the Watertown Rally for Reproductive Rights will take place. City attendees are asked to meet at 2 p.m. at 160 Stone St., wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.
A similar march begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday from the Canton Family Planning Center, 9 Miner St.
“It has been just over a year since Judge (Ruth Bader) Ginsburg passed away, but we can already see the heartbreaking impact,” said Ms Ramus. “With nearly 600 restrictions introduced, 2021 is the worst year for state attacks on abortion in decades – despite the fact that there is record national support for legal abortion.”
Currently, abortion is virtually inaccessible to patients in Texas, and the vast majority of those seeking an abortion are denied the care they need. Patients will be forced to travel out of state to have an abortion or carry a pregnancy against their will, raising alarm bells in Texas and beyond that abortion rights are in jeopardy.
“This ban sets a dangerous legal precedent and could pave the way for states to override people’s constitutional rights and their health care,” said Ms. Ramus. âIf the courts leave this bill in force, we can expect to see similar bills introduced in states across the country. “