“Simply put: we are witnessing the gravest threat to access to abortion in our life” – the website of the Women’s March.
Given what happened in Texas recently, this is not an exaggeration. And that is why tens of thousands of people protested in more than 600 demonstrations in the United States this weekend demanding equality for women, demanding reproductive rights for women. Reproductive rights are human rights, women should have the freedom to make decisions about their own bodies.
Never doubt that people will march and vote in every part of this country to protect their most basic rights and freedoms for themselves and the people they love. What @RachCarmona says: This is personal. #RallyForAbortionJustice https://t.co/qioveupeCP
– Shaunna Thomas (@SLThomas) October 2, 2021
Is personal. As Rachel O’Leary Carmona, Executive Director of the Women’s March, told CNN:
“I think it is important to understand that almost everyone knows someone who has had an abortion. It is important that we listen to all these stories. It is also a bit tragic that people have to show their pain in order to be taken seriously. So that what we are trying to do today is make sure that we all raise our voices in solidarity with each other to make sure that the people in power hear our message. “
“… almost everyone knows someone who has had an abortion.” I have had an abortion. I am not ashamed of the choice I made for my body. And I will continue to use whatever platform I have to advocate that all women should have the same right as me. Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are also using their considerably larger rigs.
That was on Saturday. On Sunday, Jennifer was photographed heading to an exercise class in New York. JLaw has never been one to make potato shots, and I don’t think she called the paparazzi on herself for this set. But. I’d like to believe that maybe she doesn’t care so much about these shots, knowing that seeing her in tight clothes, showing her pregnancy, combined with the moment she attended the women’s march, can promote the narrative. and continue this vital conversation about access to abortion and reproductive rights.
And by the way, this is not just an American problem. For those of us who don’t live in the United States, this could happen in our countries if we don’t stay vigilant. Here in Canada, Frederique Chabot, Director of Health Promotion for Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights has said that barriers to abortion have been “persistent” in Canada for decades. So don’t think for a second that there aren’t people in Canada watching what’s happening in the United States, hoping to engineer the same nonsense north of the border. There are people who insist that abortion in Canada is no longer a problem. But again, if we sleep in it, we might wake up one day and find ourselves in the same situation.