At a press conference on International Women’s Day outside of Penn Station in New York City, Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrald Nadler (D-NY) and several women’s rights leaders urged New Yorkers to “get on the train” to Washington DC on April 25th to March for Women’s Lives.
The speakers listed the top ten reasons to get on the train for the historic march, including the fact that reproductive freedom is in jeopardy and can be lost, abstinence-only education is gambling with the health of youth in New York and around the world, the Bush Administration wants to limit the freedom of women in New York and around the world to plan their families, and that the Administration has failed to support the ratification of the international women’s rights treaty (CEDAW) eliminating all forms of discrimination against women.
According to Congressman Nadler, “The March for Women’s Lives is expected to be one of the largest public demonstrations in support of women’s reproductive freedom in history. It is critical that as many people as possible turn out for this event to show their support for a woman’s right to choose.”
Sara Hasan Nagy, of the Feminist Majority, said at the press conference, “Women and men from around the United States need to march on Washington, not only for the lives and freedom of our daughters and sisters but to give a voice to the women and girls around the world who are suffering and dying, as we speak, as a result of harmful international family planning policies such as the Global Gag Rule and the withdrawal of UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) funding.”
Members of the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Planned Parenthood New York urged New Yorkers to make their voices heard by attending the march.