The inaugural Women’s March in 2017 was launched to protest then-President Donald Trump’s election. Last fall, a march paid tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to protest now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
Now, a month after a Texas law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect, Women’s March protesters will gather in support of reproductive rights on Saturday at more than 650 marches in all 50 states and Washington DC.
The Women’s March is partnering with more than 90 other organizations, including Planned Parenthood, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and the Working Families Party amid what they’ve called “relentless attacks.”
We don’t say this lightly: we’re at grave risk of losing our reproductive freedoms. All of us need to fight back.
That’s why on October 2, we’re marching in every state.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 3, 2021
Women’s March executive director Rachel O’Leary Carmona said that while abortions have never been fully accessible, a Mississippi challenge to the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, Texas’ abortion legislation, and the possibility of other states following the Lone Star State with similar laws, represent an “unprecedented attack” on reproductive freedoms. “For a long time, groups of us were ringing the alarm bell around abortion access and many of us were told we were hysterical and Roe v. Wade will never be overturned,” Carmona said. “But now it’s clear that our fears were both rational and proportional. We are at a break-glass moment for America, and now’s the time for mass mobilization and federal action.”
October 2. #RallyForAbortionJustice. Nationwide.
Join us and spread the word. pic.twitter.com/R4Goxs1snm
— Women's March (@womensmarch) September 21, 2021
The marches are being planned ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening on October 4th. Virtual events are also a way to include immunocompromised people and others who might not be able to attend an in-person march, Carmona said. She encouraged people to donate to abortion funds and contact their representatives to voice support for abortion access. Masks and social distancing will be required at the marches, according to the event page. Organizers will also provide hand sanitizer stations and urge anyone who feels sick to attend a virtual event instead of an in-person one.
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— TG (@TG22110) September 25, 2021
“We don’t say this lightly,” the Women’s March said in a tweet announcing the marches. “We’re at grave risk of losing our reproductive freedoms. All of us need to fight back.”
To find your local Women’s March, check their website for locations and information.