March for Choice held over 20 events this fall in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Baltimore, Delaware, New York, and Washington, DC to activate local groups and coalitions to begin organizing delegations. Activists networked and gained valuable organizing and fundraising skills for the massive national March for Choice in Washington, DC on April 25. Pro-choice leaders Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Kate Michelman, NOW President Kim Gandy, Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt, and Planned Parenthood of the Metropolitan Washington Area President and CEO Jatrice Martel Gaiter roused the crowds about the importance of the march and the efforts to save women’s lives.
Smeal urged, “The lives of poor women and girls depend on our changing the public debate. Plan to make history and be there. And don’t forget to ask for money and air miles as gifts this holiday season!”
Save Women’s Lives: March for Freedom of Choice, has already garnered the endorsement of over 400 women’s, civil rights, labor, environment, gay and lesbian groups and health clinics. “Groups are activating their memberships to march, and new co-sponsors are flooding in every day,” raves Jessica Terlikowski, a Feminist Majority March organizer. “The recent passage of an abortion procedures ban is creating an outrage fueling the march.”
The Black Women’s Health Imperative, Center for Reproductive Rights, National Abortion Federation, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, National Partnership for Women and Families and the National Women’s Law Center have all recently joined the Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America as co-sponsoring partners of the March for Choice.