Forced Birth is Violence.
In the wake of the US Supreme Court's decision to overturn 1973's landmark abortion decision Roe v. Wade, people have taken to the streets in protest across the US.
Thousands of Pro-choice supporters rallied in Boston to protest the U.S. Supreme Courts decision to overturn the landmark 1973 “Roe v Wade” decision which granted women the constitutional right to safe and accessible abortion in the United States.
Individual States now have the choice of banning or allowing abortions.
13 States having “Trigger Laws” which are laws that have been created in anticipation of Fridays ruling have been set to take affect almost immediately upon the overturning of “Roe v Wade”.
These states are:
Arkansas - Immediate
Kentucky - Immediate
Louisiana - Immediate
Missouri - Immediate
Oklahoma - Immediate
South Dakota - Immediate
Utah - Immediate
Idaho - Within Weeks
Mississippi - Within Weeks
North Dakota - Within Weeks
Tennessee - Within Weeks
Texas - Within Weeks
Wyoming - Within Weeks
At 5pm, organizers & supporters with Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights, Socialist Alternative, Refuse Fascism, Revolutionary Communist Party USA, Boston May Day Coalition & others gathered & rallied at the corner of Park & Tremont streets by Park St MBTA. Meanwhile, other groups were rallying at the Massachusetts State House on Beacon St.
After the organizers' speakers finished making their statements, the 2 rallies, as one large crowd of several thousands began marching down Tremont St and continued through the streets of Boston to meet up with the 6PM rally organized by Party For Social Liberation & other groups. Along the way, protesters stopped and laid down in the road as an action of non violent civil disobedience, to represent the millions of women who may die if they're denied access to legal and safe abortion health care. 33% more black women will die because of the overturning of Roe V. Wade! This unjust ruling is deeply embedded in white supremacy, racism, misogyny, sexism, & right wing bigotry laden with christian extremism, which is a violation of separation of church & state. Abortion rights are also important to LGBTQI+ people who are already marginalized by homophobia & transphobia, many of them also face additional persecution for being persons of color or im/migrants and asylum seekers. Transgender men may also become pregnant. abortion rights is a health care issue. It is a human rights issue, that is intersectional & diverse and directly impacts millions of people across the united states who risk facing criminalization based on obtaining an abortion while living in a country with mass incarceration much larger than the rest of the world.
After 10 minutes of laying & sitting in the middle of the road, among buses & cars, the crowd continued onward to Boston Public Library in Copley Square where another crowd of 500 of mostly PSL, Answer Coalition, Planned Parenthood & others on the sidewalk cheered at the arrival of the large crowd of thousands taking over Dartmouth street from St. James ave to Boylston St.
After speeches by members of various organizations, the massive crowd of thousands marched to the the state capitol to denounce the supreme court's decision. Speakers from the Boston Teacher's Union & several others spoke from the front of the Massachusetts State House stressing the fact that access to safe, legal abortion and reproductive health care services is a multifaceted, diverse & intersectional is a human right in many parts of the world, most recently recognized as such in Argentina & Columbia. Women did not just begin having abortions 50 years ago after Roe V Wade was passed. It only became safer & more accessible without risk of being criminalized, and even death.
The rallies & marches combined lasted over 3 hours, although the majority of people dispersed around 8pm, smaller groups gathered through out the Boston Common to relax, debrief and have conversations with each other.
There are many reasons why a person may need an abortion, and frankly, it is deeply personal, and is a choice. A nation without free choice is not one of freedom. It is fascist, and it has a global monopoly on state violence.
A major theme throughout the events were expressions of anger and condemnation of not just republicans, but of the democrat party as equally responsible. What's next? Over the past couple of weeks the supreme court has been reversing many prior rulings. What safeguards are in place to stop these corrupt, big money politicians from striking down & reversing anti-discrimination laws, LGBTQI+ rights, or even interracial and/or 'gay marriage'.
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Short video clips of Boston protests for abortion rights
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