In Utah, more than 1,000 gather to demand demand reproductive rights

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TeaHey came in large numbers with a unifying message: “My body, my choice.”

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DIY signs adorned with messages such as “Womxen’s rights are human rights”, “Keep your laws out of my uterus” and “Make Margaret Atwood fiction again” outside Salt Lake City’s administrative building on Saturday were presented by an array of speakers. taken as Lecture

People like Rae Duckworth, the operating chairperson of Black Lives Matter Utah.


“If you’re here for justice, make some noise,” said Ms. Duckworth, holding the megaphone, lighting up the crowd.

“I’m a black woman, I grew up here. I use Planned Parenthood,” she said. “Why do I use Planned Parenthood? Because they understand the racial boundaries and barriers I struggle with to get healthcare.”

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Ms. Duckworth explained how restrictive abortion laws, such as a recently enacted In Texas, disproportionately affect people of color. “The constraint of this ban is different for me. It’s tough for me,” she said. “Did you understand?”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maternal mortality rate Black women are three times more likely than their white counterparts, thanks to “differences in quality health care, underlying chronic conditions, structural racism, and implicit bias.”

Others were present at the gathering to dispel the myth that inequality in reproductive health is only a women’s issue.

“I am a living statistic,” said Tecuani Oliver, who opted to come out as a transgender person at the rally.

“I want you to remember that this isn’t just a white women’s health care issue,” said the disability advocate. “As a man who has a uterus – never identified as a man with a uterus – I speak for them as well. We want bodily autonomy… if we want to remove our reproductive organs So it’s our choice as men.”

The speaker continued: “It’s about healthcare. It is about early cancer screening. this is about for men Early cancer screening. It is about preventive health care for all ages,” he said while calling for applause from the audience.

“Know that you have statistics to walk among you,” concluded Mr. Oliver. “We are no exception to the rule; We are the rules. “

Galvanized, the attendants then walked into the Capitol building, where the roundabout rally was crying out.

Supporters march to Utah’s Capitol after a rally at the SLC’s City and County Building.

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Supporters march to Utah’s Capitol after a rally at the SLC’s City and County Building.

“Abortion Care” Is health care”

Speaking from the steps of the Statehouse, activist Martha Black drew attention to immigrant women who are “regularly” abused and abused in the custody of the US immigration detention system. “We have seen the forced sterilization of marginalized populations – black women, Latinas, indigenous peoples – as part of American history. We have been victims of for-profit ICE detention centers targeting our sisters, our sisters

Ms. Black recalls the 1978 case madrigal vs quilligan, a federal class action lawsuit filed by ten Mexican-American women against Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for involuntary sterilization.

Women were pressured to sign consent forms in English and were not informed about the specifics or long-term effects of sterilization. The case was argued on the basis of weed weed, claiming that women have reproductive rights to procreation and abortion.

“This case specifically revealed how discrimination against gender, caste and inter-division of poverty resulted in the abuse of sterilization of many women, many of our women,” Ms Black continued.

He also cited recent cases, such as Scott Lloyd, the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under former President Donald Trump, who used his position to block teenage migrants from legal and safe abortion access – even That examples Where rape resulted in pregnancy.

“Once again, women, we are often caught between fighting to conform to the status quo or taking a stand for our rights and our bodies,” Ms Black said. “It is time to raise our voice, push for change. And we have to change.”

Many in the medical community also yearn for change. President Misha Pangasa, an obstetrician-gynecologist, said that “abortion care is just one part of the full spectrum of health care” she provides to patients.

After stints in the “progressive environment” of New York and Massachusetts, Dr. Pangasa arrived in Utah because he recognized this was where he fought. “And to be clear, I’m a little nervous because I didn’t become a doctor to fight,” she said. “I didn’t become a doctor to be a political activist, but it has become exhausting to see patients I marginalize and be stigmatized and shamed by the politics and medicine the structure was meant to protect them.”

She shared that she had learned early in her career that no amount of medical expertise or compassion would suffice “if the systems and structures and institutions of this country continue to pose barriers that restrict not only care, Rather, it adds to the stigma. Shame,” she said as an audience of 1,000 rejoiced. “Abortion Care” Is Healthcare cannot be known by any other name. “

This message is echoed by a vocal minority within the Capitol’s hallowed halls.

Rep. Angela Romero is one of 896 state legislators from across the country who recently signed a deal justice friend brief Before a case to be heard by the Supreme Court in December that could be overturned weed weed. (Utah is one of 24 states Supporting the dissolution of the historical case.)

“Many people are saying that the Utah legislature doesn’t care, and that’s not true. There are few of us who care,” said Rep. Romero. “Were here. We may be small but we fight the good fight.”

“Sometimes I can feel lonely here at the Capitol,” said Rep. Angela Romero, a staunch supporter of reproductive rights in the Red State.

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“Sometimes I can feel lonely here at the Capitol,” said Rep. Angela Romero, a staunch supporter of reproductive rights in the Red State.

After his speech, the Utah Democrats reported Granthshala She was ready for a slew of bittersweet messages in her inbox. “Whenever I speak at one of these rallies, I get hate mail from people who want to say they protect lives, but are still threatening me and my life,” she said. said. “I think it’s a little hypocritical.”

Firm in his stance, Rep. Romero said he is accustomed to being an outlier.

“I grew up in Tooele, Utah, not of the major religion as a woman of color, so I am used to being in the minority,” she said, adding that the day’s voting energized her. “Sometimes I can feel lonely here in the Capitol. There are very few of us who are very vocal about a woman’s right to make her own decisions. So for me to be surrounded by youth and all the people of the state of Utah, it reminded me why I’m here. “

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