The annual women’s march on Saturday returns to Washington, DC and other major cities across the country, focusing on “access to abortion for all.”
It will be the first women’s march since President Biden took office, and speakers are expected to discuss new laws restricting access to abortion in states such as Texas and Mississippi, which have banned abortions after about six weeks and 15 weeks of pregnancy, respectively, and which are against complaints from abortion providers.
“Today we are fighting for abortion access for all. Join in,” the Women’s March organization tweeted on Saturday. “That #RallyForAbortionJustice takes place in 650 locations in all 50 states — personally and practically. “
The rally in the nation’s capital on Saturday begins with a “rally of faith,” “reflecting the many voices of believers longing for reproductive justice,” and the march begins at Freedom Plaza at noon and continues until protesters reach the Supreme Court.
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The first women’s march was held on January 21, 2017 – the day after former President Trump was sworn in – as hundreds of thousands of women gathered to protest against the then president.
Pro-life organizations criticized the theme of this year’s women’s march.
Jeanne Mancini, president of March for Life, an annual rally in which protesters demand more restrictive abortion laws, said the theme of this year’s rally is “no surprise.”
“What about equal rights for unborn women?” she tweeted. The rights of authentic women must never trample on someone else’s fundamental right to life – including the half of humanity that is women’s life! “
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She added that “by placing abortion above all else, these abortion activists are rapidly losing women like me – and the millions of baby girls whose lives have been lost to abortion since 1973,” referring to the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in favor of abortion rights. and Roe v. Wade.
Protesters on Saturday sought to “maintain Roe by enacting SB 8,” the Texas Abortion Act, “and its copies unconstitutional,” according to a tweet from the organization.
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Susan B. Anthony List, another pro-life group, also aimed at the march ia Friday tweet.
“The Women’s March Organization is holding a meeting on ‘abortion justice’ tomorrow. It would be better called a meeting on abortion extremism. The policies they support are far beyond the mainstream of what most Americans think about this issue,” the organization wrote. “In fact, the Women’s March has a history of excluding women who speak out against human rights abuses in abortion.”
Women’s March in 2017 dropped a left-leaning, lifestyle organization called the New Wave Feminists from its list of partner organizations because it opposes abortion.
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The Susan B. Anthony list continued: “Every woman deserves to be heard on this subject. But the Women’s March seeks to erase the stories of mothers who chose life in difficult circumstances. Some ask why the women’s march against abortion is shrinking as power, optimism and youth in March for life grows? The answer is clear: life is the side of science and compassion. “
Thousands of participants are expected to show up to the convention in DC and elsewhere on Saturday with the required mask wearing COVID-19.