Over 100 celebrities have signed on to the March for Women’s Lives, and many will march on Sunday, April 25 in Washington, DC. In addition to the celebrity coalition, almost 1,300 organizations are co-sponsoring the March, including civil rights, women’s rights, environmental, lesbian and gay rights, disability rights, civil liberties, and social justice groups.
“The right to decide when or whether to have a child is a fundamental human right,” said Helen Hunt, the Academy award-winning actress, in a March news release. “I am uniting with fellow artists to protest the dangerous policy restrictions and cuts in funding for reproductive health services in the U.S. and around the world.”
“It’s important that all Americans stand up for their rights and the rights of all women worldwide,” said LisaGay Hamilton, actress in ABC’s drama The Practice andÊwriter/director/co-producer of the HBOÊdocumentary Beah: A Black Woman Speaks. “If we cannot control our bodies, we do not have equal protection under the law.”
The Feminist Majority is one of the core organizing groups for the March for Women’s Lives. “The upcoming March for Women’s Lives on April 25 in Washington, DC is critical to the future of our country,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “We can and must fight back against those who would drive women into the back alleys and out of the halls of power. Women and the men who love them must march as if their lives depend on it – because they do. If the right wing has its way, US women will join the 500,000 women worldwide who die each year from complications of pregnancy and childbirth, much of it due to lack of access to safe, legal abortion and birth control.”