I’m very honored to have been a part of today’s Rally for Women’s Health in NYC today. THOUSANDS of New Yorkers rallied in Foley Square to show their support for Planned Parenthood, as did many politicians, women’s organizations, celebrities and well-known activists.
There were SO many inspirational speeches and stories shared with the crowd, that it would be impossible to try to capture them all here. However, a few messages rang loud and clear that I’d like to share:
- In spite of what the extreme right would like us to believe, WE ARE THE MAJORITY. We merely need to organize, make noise and no matter what, DO NOT BACK DOWN.
- The right to control our fertility — which has inextricable socioeconomic implications — is a fundamental human right. It is NOT a privelage. I repeat: it is a RIGHT.
- We must NOT concede a damn thing. Once a right is compromised away, it is nearly impossible to regain.
- Those who call themselves conservatives are hypocrites. They want a small government that doesn’t interfere in citizen’s lives, but that’s EXACTLY what they are doing by trying to dictate women’s personal choices.
So let the anti-choice Representatives in Congress and those who support them understand: When you push us, we WILL fight back.
There were also a ton of fabulous signs displayed throughout the rally. Again, too many to fully capture here, but a few of my favorites included:
Keep your Boehner out of my uterus!
Taking back the vote is next
Boehner: Am I telling you what to do with your penis?!?
Defend Title X, Don’t Defund
Anti-Woman is NOT ‘Pro-Life’
All in all, the rally was inspirational, heart-warming, motivating and just generally badass. Thanks to everyone who was there!!!!
Oh, and one last thing. Be sure to check out PPNYC’s Tumblr for all things related to today’s rally. Share your stories, pictures, etc.!