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News :: Human Rights
Boston - Defend the Abortion Clinics - 26 July 2014 Rally
24 Jul 2014
Leftists must defend the abortion clinics from the constant Right Wing presence. Defend the Clinics! Take a Stand!
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Clinic Defenders - Join us at Planned Parenthood to show the anti-abortion crusade that they have no place in this city and to demand full reproductive justice for all. We will be staging at the Super 88 grocery market before marching over together at 10 AM.

Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 9:30am
. Super 88 Market
101 Allstate Rd, Allston, Massachusetts 02134

There is also a sign making event on Friday, June 25th:


Boston Feminists for Liberation has decided to call for a clinic defense on Saturday, July 26, to fight for full reproductive rights for all. We must fight because abortion rights are being steadily rolled back; because right-wingers have been emboldened by their recent victory and have doubled their numbers outside clinics; because our ability to access basic health care is under attack.

We are planning to send a message that their misogyny and intimidation tactics are not welcome in our city, and that women have the right to control our bodies and lives.

Our demands are free abortion; universal reproductive health care; an end to coerced sterilization; reproductive autonomy for all people, including disabled and trans people; and a safe environment in which to bear and raise children. We will also be taking a stand against mass incarceration and in solidarity with Palestine.

Planned Parenthood does not support our protest, saying that that it will create chaos and barriers to access. Other activists have voiced concerns that we will make it harder for the most oppressed to access care at Planned Parenthood.

But many of the women organizing this protest are Planned Parenthood patients. We have experienced right-wingers screaming at us as we try to get our annual pelvic exam. We are standing up for ourselves and for women around the country who need abortions and asserting that birth control is a basic right. We are not an alien group of people infringing on patient access. We are the very women who are affected by bigoted pro-lifers, acting in self-defense. To say that we are creating chaos is blaming the victim. It is blaming us for our own oppression. Right-wing terrorists are the ones creating chaos.

Historically, it is through social protest movements of the 1960s and 1970s that we won abortion rights. The 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision was borne of the women's liberation movement and intimately connected to the civil rights movement, the Black Power movement, the antiwar movement, the gay liberation movement and other struggles. But today, we are seeing that this gain from the 1970s can be taken back. The only way for us to combat this trend is through organization.

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