Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

October 30, 2009

Saturday: DEFEND ABORTION RIGHTS!

Filed under: ISO Events, Solidarity — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 9:13 am

{Tomorrow the last day of the right-wingers “40 Days for Life” demonstrations at Dr. Emily’s. Over the past few weekends, they have been outnumbering us early in the morning. Let’s make sure we send them home knowing that this is a pro-choice city!}

The Barnard/Columbia branch of the ISO is mobilizing to join the New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense (NYCACD) at Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center to support women’s rights!

We are asking students and allies to mobilize Saturday, October 31st at the gates (116th and Broadway), 7am.

For More info, contact Edna: 305-457-6332

Dr. Emily’s clinic in the South Bronx has been the target of anti-abortion protesters. These protesters offer free sonograms (administered by unqualified people outside the medical field) and anti-abortion pamphlets and display plastic fetuses in order to try to convince women seeking abortions to change their minds. Worse, the protesters have started a 40-day vigil (see http://www.40daysforlife.com). Since June the NYCACD, in collaboration with the staff of the clinic, has launched a weekly clinic defense, effectively preventing these anti-choice protesters from intimidating and harassing people seeking services there.

“40 days for life” has launched a massive 40-day “prayer and fasting” vigil outside the clinic starting SEPTEMBER 23. It ends tomorrow, October31st. Two years ago, with a similar campaign, they thronged the sidewalk and were able to physically block staff and clients from entering the clinic. This year, we have confronted the bigots every Saturday. At the start, we outnumbered the bigots. But their numbers continue to grow, and we have not been able to sustain ours week to week. Our goal is to OUT-NUMBER THEM tomorrow; to provide safe escort for staff and patients into the clinic, and to let the anti-choice bigots know THEY CANNOT GET AWAY WITH THIS. If they had their way, not only would abortion be illegal, so would homosexuality and non-procreative sex.

We are inviting pro-choice and pro-abortion individuals and organizations to join in.

IT IS TIME WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THOSE WOMEN WANTING TO EXERCISE THEIR RIGHT TO CHOOSE AND TO CONTROL THEIR BODIES!

Saturday, October 31st

8 am to Noon

Dr. Emily’s Women’s Health Center

560 Southern Blvd

Bronx, New York

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