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Marking 37 Years of Roe v. Wade: A Year Marked With Tragedy and Restrictions on Abortion Care
WASHINGTON - January 21 - On Friday, Jan. 22, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual rally and vigil at the U.S. Supreme Court, commemorating and celebrating the 37th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming women's constitutional right to abortion.
"One year ago today we were celebrating a new president who said he was pro-choice, a Congress promising to defend reproductive rights, and hopes for stronger policy to protect women's fundamental right to abortion care," says NOW President Terry O'Neill. "Since then, our reproductive rights have come under severe attack, with unprecedented restrictions threatening abortion care coverage in the name of 'health care reform.' In May, our dear friend Dr. George Tiller -- a man who for 33 years defended women's constitutional right to access safe abortion care -- was murdered in his own church," said O'Neill.
"Recent events are an indication that some believe abortion rights can be easily bargained away, or controlled by powerful corporate interests, or manipulated by the Catholic Bishops. The National Organization for Women and our grassroots activists across the country are committed to protecting and expanding access to abortion, which is a basic, fundamental human right." said O'Neill.
WHAT: NOW's annual rally and vigil commemorating the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2010
WHERE: In front of the U.S. Supreme Court
Rally: 12:00 p.m.; Kick-off speech from NOW President Terry O'Neill
Silent Vigil: 5:00 p.m.; Opening remarks from NOW President Terry O'Neill