What a week! Last week marked 42 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case. Unfortunately, women are still fighting many of the same battles 42 years later. To mark the occasion, activists hosted several events across the DMV.
On Jan. 22, Virginia activists joined together to rally for reproductive freedom at the 2015 Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition Day of Action. Attendees in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads received advocacy training and information around several important bills impacting women, men, and families all over Virginia.
On a similar note, Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, premiered last week at the Studio Theater. The play was composed of 13 scenes from 10 different women playwrights. People talk about abortion all the time — we hear conversations about abortion on the news, at rallies, and in Congress — but rarely are the conversations personal and empathetic. This performance tried to tackle the stigma surrounding abortion by showcasing real women’s voices.
All* Above All, an organization dedicated to lifting bans on abortion funding, hosted an awesome Google Hangout called, “Is Roe a Reality for All.” It’s an unfortunate reality that many women struggle to come up with the money they need for an abortion, and this remains one of the leading barriers to abortion access. Shivana Jorawar, from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, Amanda Williams, from the Lilith Fund, and Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas, from the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, were all on the Hangout to answer viewers’ questions about abortion policies, funding, and coverage.
Of course, the anti-choice crowd didn’t miss this anniversary either. Thousands of people attended the March for Life in Washington, DC. This is one of the biggest anti-choice demonstrations in the country. The marchers often spread misinformation about abortion and the women seeking abortions, so the best way to combat them is to stay knowledgeable. Check out this video from the Guttmacher Institute, which gives some facts about who gets abortions and why.
Written by volunteer Emma C, image via Wikimedia Commons.