NYC
2019
Event Type: 
Panel
Room: 
H203
Timeslot: 
Session 6: Sunday June 30th, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
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Women's rights are under attack around the world. How can we unite and build a mass feminist movement that connects struggles for reproductive rights, free healthcare and childcare, and freedom from state violence and racial oppression? Abortion access is critical to bodily autonomy and women's liberation, and that access has been chipped away at since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973. Since 2010 alone, over 400 new restrictions on abortions have been passed across the country, and 87% of US counties lack abortion providers. Lawmakers in 14 states have introduced legislation this year prohibiting abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. One tactic for protecting abortion rights is to build an unapologetic, militant pro-abortion movement by defending our clinics from anti-abortion protestors. Anti-abortion violence and harassment outside of clinics have not only become routine; they are escalating in severity: 34% of clinics reported severe violence in 2016, up from 20% in 2014. As right-wing attacks on clinics are on the rise again, we aim to reclaim the space in front of clinics, end the shame and stigma around abortion, and build a grassroots movement for abortion access. Another tactic is to fight to expand access to at-home medication abortions and push for opportunities for feminist leverage created by our lowest birth rate on record, the result of women's spontaneous "birth strike" in response to the difficult conditions for having children. Speakers from NYC For Abortion Rights, National Women's Liberation and International Women's Strike discuss current strategies in the fight for reproductive freedom and for organizing care workers.

Participants

Anne Rumberger is an organizer with NYC For Abortion Rights and NYC DSA Socialist Feminist Working Group.

Kate Castle is a member of NYC For Abortion Rights and Senior Research Assistant at the Guttmacher Institute, a research organization started in 1968 that works to study, educate, and advance sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Jenny Brown helped organize the defeat of a special legislative session to restrict abortion in Florida in 1989 and has since organized innumerable consciousness-raising meetings, classes, speakouts, and campaigns around reproductive rights. She was a leader in the grassroots campaign to win...

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