SDS marches in Tallahassee for women’s rights and reproductive rights
SDS leads protest in defense of reproductive rights (Fight Back! News/staff)
Tallahassee, Florida – On September 7, students at Florida State University for a Democratic Society (SDS) staged a march in defense of women’s rights and reproductive rights, following the cancellation by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade. More than 40 students watched the march from the Legacy Fountain to the Integration Statue, accompanied by chants such as “We’re not going back!” We will fight back!”
FSU SDS joined organizations across the country for a national day of action to defend reproductive rights and resist attacks on bodily autonomy. People across the country recognize the need to continue the fight for reproductive rights with boots on the ground, even though the ruling was overturned nearly two months ago.
FSU SDS Treasurer Zeke Greenwood said: “This is an important time for students and community members to come together to organize and fight for what we need as the Conservatives continue their attacks on the bodily autonomy of women, trans and non-binary people. .”
The overturning of Roe v Wade is just one of many recent attacks on reproductive rights and bodily autonomy. Florida, like many other states, was already in the process of restricting abortion access before the Supreme Court ruling. On April 14, Governor DeSantis signed into law HB5, which bans abortions after 15 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. On September 16, West Virginia became the latest state to restrict abortion, completely banning the procedure in all but a few cases.
Alex Carson of the Tallahassee Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) said, “Nearly two-thirds of abortions are obtained by African American, Chicano and other oppressed nationality women. Removing the right to abortion would deepen national oppression in the United States. He continued, “The right to access abortion, like all other rights enjoyed by working people in the United States, was won through mass struggle. Only mass struggle will save it.
SDS was joined by several local and student organizations, including the Tallahassee Freedom Road Socialist Organization, the Florida State Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA), FSU Generation Action, FSU Graduate Assistants United, and the FSU College Democrats.