Marches for Reproductive Freedom Planned in Joplin, Pittsburg | Local News
As states pass increasingly stringent abortion laws, women’s rights activists will hold marches across the country, including in the four-state area, on Saturday to defend reproductive rights and autonomy bodily.
The Women’s March will return to the nation’s capital, with participants seeking to defend access to abortion. More than 600 escort marches have been recorded in all 50 states, including the cities of Joplin and Pittsburg, Kansas.
Among the targets of the marches is Texas Senate Bill 8, which bans abortions once medical professionals can detect heart activity, typically around six weeks. This is before some women know they are pregnant. The law does not provide any exceptions in cases of rape or incest.
Other states like Mississippi are taking their own steps to try to get the US Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, who gave women the constitutional right to have an abortion in 1973. The court said earlier this year it would hear a case regarding Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban.
Missouri lawmakers have also sought to pass tougher abortion laws. Missouri is one of five states in the country with a single clinic offering abortion services.
“Missourians have long sensed this looming reality – the right to access abortion hangs by a thread, and in states like Missouri and Mississippi, by just one abortion clinic,” Yamelsie said. Rodríguez, president and CEO, Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis area, in a statement. “That thread may soon end with the Supreme Court directly attacking Roe v. Wade.”
Julie Joplin Media, an intersectional feminist organization that focuses on issues affecting women and minorities, joins the movement alongside other community organizations to organize a local women’s march.
The Breeding Freedom March will take place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the corner of East Seventh Street and Range Line Road in Joplin. Other local organizers include Food Not Bombs, Joplin For Bernie, Carthage Progressives United, Pittsburg Progressives, Joplin For Justice, Seven Activism, Pro Heaux Kansas, Free Mom Hugs-Joplin, and Planned Parenthood in Joplin.
“Over 100 people said they were going and over 150 said they were interested, so we’re hoping to get a decent turnout,” said Jamie Lindsey, editor-in-chief of Julie Joplin Media. “While it’s not that big, we know the people who are there and support us online are doing it for the right reasons. We appreciate all the support.
Lindsey said women should be given the choice to do what’s best for their bodies and their families. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine notes that more than 200 laws relating to abortion were enacted from January 2017 to November 2020.
“They’re getting more and more restrictive,” Lindsey said. “After the Supreme Court failed to prevent Texas law from happening, it was really a wake-up call to many people across the country, knowing that these restrictions are going to get tougher in many Red states. . “
According to the study, seven states – Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio and Utah – accounted for 119 of the laws, or 52.4%.
“It affects every person here on many levels, and it’s a reaction to what’s going on right now, but it’s also an ongoing issue because we know that when Congress and the Supreme Court meet again, there will be abortion bills on the table, ”says Lindsey. “Getting Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act will be a step in the right direction. “
The Women’s Health Protection Act is federal law that would protect the right to access abortion care in the United States. She was presented with 176 supporters in the House and 48 in the Senate.
The Altruistic Alliance of University Women at Pittsburg State University joins the national movement in organizing a march for reproductive rights in southeastern Kansas. Other partners include PSU’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Students for Violence Prevention and Q Space.
The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Immigrant Park, 106 Second St. in Pittsburg. Amanita will play from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Pritchett Pavilion. The walk starts at 3 pm; participants will walk from 2nd to 11th Street. There will also be an opportunity for those who wish to share their stories or talk about reproductive rights after the walk. Masks are mandatory.
“We care about women’s rights and reproductive rights, and helping the most vulnerable people is really important to the organization,” said Blake Johnson, event organizer and member of the Altruistic Alliance of University Women. “This walk was something that was important to all of us. “
The number of abortions performed in Kansas rose 9.1% last year as more women traveled from Oklahoma and Texas to terminate pregnancies, according to the state. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment reports 7,542 abortions were performed in 2020, an increase from 6,916 abortions in 2019.
Johnson said the issue of reproductive rights is critical to residents of southeastern Kansas.
“We risk having our rights taken away and we must fight to maintain our freedom,” she said. “People who have wombs are attacked, and it’s horrible. It is more than 50% of our country which is attacked by these laws.
In 2019, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s constitution protects abortion rights. The ruling prevented the state from enforcing what was first nation law that could have significantly limited second trimester abortions.
The Republican-controlled legislature earlier this year approved a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution in an attempt to overturn the 2019 Supreme Court ruling. Voters will decide whether or not to approve it at the time. August 2022 election. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said earlier this year he would ask the Kansas Supreme Court to reconsider the decision.