Chants of “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” and “Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement” echoed around Union Square Tuesday, International Women’s Day.
Over 100 people organized in the downtown Manhattan park to march from Union Square to Washington Square Park in support of safe and legal abortion, preserving women’s rights, and in support of preserving Roe v. Wade.
In 2018, Mississippi enacted a law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, with many other states attempting to pass similar laws and failing, due to the precedent set by the Supreme Court’s 1973 ruling in Roe v, Wade. Now, after nearly four years, the Mississippi abortion law has come before the Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of upholding the Mississippi law, decades of precedent would be overturned, more than 20 states that have been trying to ban abortion would be within their right to do so. The march was organized by RiseUp4Abortion, an organization committed to advocating for abortion and women’s rights.
This year’s International Women’s Day, theme is #BreakTheBias, encouraging people to “imagine a world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination” by forging women’s equality and securing their rights. Yet one of women’s biggest rights has come under attack: bodily autonomy through access to safe and legal abortion. Many believe that Roe v. Wade may get overturned sometime this year, and more states are placing restrictions on and even completely banning abortion ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision, which may occur in the next few months.