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One million march for women's lives

You heard it. It was real, one of the finer moments of herstory. A million people filled the streets of Washington, D.C. Sunday during the March for Women’s Lives.
You heard it. It was real, one of the finer moments of herstory. A million people filled the streets of Washington, D.C. Sunday during the March for Women’s Lives.

People flocked to the city demanding the continued legal protection of reproductive rights as the self-determination of women’s bodies is being attacked by the draconian Bush administration. Sunday also existed as the first massive call to get Bush out of office in November this year.

As far as the eye could see, a sea of bodies stretched from the capitol end of the national mall, where the staging of the rally was held, to the monument. An electric and diverse blend of people included young and old alike with babies bouncing on hips, radicals, democrats, moms, sisters, college students, medical workers, queers and allies of women.

Some transversed the continent from California, Texas, New Mexico, Michigan and other far reaches of the country to make it loud and clear to the Bush administration that the
right to reproductive freedom is a cause the majority of this country holds dear and will fight to protect. Hundreds of Richmonders joined the moment as more than a dozen buses traveled to D.C. along with independent cars packed with marchers.

Unashamed testimonies of abortion experiences pronounced themselves on signs along with chants denouncing the mainlined influence of the church in the Bush administration. Other demands of the march involved health care, sexual education, access to emergency contraception pills and condoms, gay marriage, equality in work wages and ending the global gag rule. The administration reinstated the global gag rule in 2001 where foreign family planning agencies may not receive U.S. assistance if they provide abortion services, including counseling or referrals on abortion, or lobby to make or keep abortion legal in their own country.

Sheroes from the struggle for women’s liberation harangued the crowd along with celebrities during the opening rally, which was organized by a coalition of groups including Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Feminist Majority and the National Organization for Women . The message of the day was to take the spirit of the march home and focus on local reproductive rights issues. Marchers were also urged to return home to register and educate voters to get Bush out of office.

Emphasis was placed on the firing of Bush as the fundamentalist administration and the religious right target the overturning of Roe v. Wade to make abortion illegal in the U.S. All Bush needs is one Supreme Court Justice to retire in order to stack the court with conservatives openly against abortion.

The march took to the streets for a two mile long journey through the city with chants of “No apologies, we’re not sorry. Keep your laws off our bodies!? booming in the air and mass pink signage from the Feminist Majority saying, “Stop the war on women,? blue signs from the NOW with “Keep abortion legal,? and more creative signs of “Abort Bush? overwhelming the landscape.

As expected, a pithy amount of pro-lifers lined the march route with enlarged pictures of fetuses and shook their fingers at the huge amount of people that walked by. Crowds of activists would cluster around the pro-lifers and chant them down or join them on the other side of barricade separating them from the march to cheer on the march. The unimaginable amount of people participating in the march shadowed the dismal hundreds of pro-lifers as “Pro-life, that’s a lie. You don’t care if women die!? was shouted at them.
 
 


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