Saturday, Feb 4 at 12:00pm
20 Jay St, Suite 1010
Brooklyn, New York 11201
On Saturday, February 11, organizations that go by the misnomer “pro-life” will be mobilizing across the country under a campaign to “Defund Planned Parenthood.”
Here in NYC, it is being organized by a group called “Pro-life Future NYC” and they will be protesting at the Planned Parenthood – Margaret Sanger Center at 26 Bleecker Street.
We cannot let them go unopposed! We are organizing a meeting to plan a response and counter-rally that can beat them back and show that NYC stands for full reproductive rights and access for all women. Planned Parenthood in NYC has called for other forms of support rather than directly confronting the right-wing protestors. While we stand with Planned Parenthood and are grateful for the amazing work they do, we also recognize that this fight is bigger than just one organization – reproductive rights for all women are at stake right now. So we organized this meeting as a place for people to come together and discuss how we can best respond to this renewed assault on our rights.
While anti-abortion bigots have always gone after Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, they are emboldened by Trump’s presidency and were quoted recently in the New York Times, saying, “The Trump administration presents us with a new opportunity: For the first time, really, we are able to interface with the federal government to achieve our goals.” This is a new moment, where we need to step up the fight.
Reproductive rights have been chipped away and rolled back from the moment we won the right to legal abortions in 1973. We are now in a situation where the overwhelming majority of US counties don’t have access to abortion providers. Since 2010, 338 new abortion restrictions have been enacted. Just recently, the case of Anna Yocca in Tennessee highlighted the effects of these restrictions. Yocca was looking at the possibility of life in prison, until she accepted a plea bargain, because she tried to self-terminate – using a coat hanger. The old slogan, “We won’t go back!” could not be more poignantly apt.
The strategy of simply ignoring the bigots and hoping they go away has clearly not worked. But, the explosion of activism we’ve just seen in the last few weeks has shown us what can be accomplished – already the Trump administration has had to back down, not on all, but a few of his most egregious executive orders – when we stand together and fight back. We should look to this as an example for how to confront these bigots, as well. Our struggles, as the world is teaching us, are profoundly intertwined.
Come get organized to take a stand against the right-wing, anti-woman bigots on Saturday, February 11th and beyond. Please share!