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Women's Rights Groups Announce Massive March on Washington in Support of Reproductive Rights

Washington, DC - Today the nationís leading women's rights groups announced that they have joined forces to organize an historic march on Washington for a womanís right to choose. Organized by the Feminist Majority, the National Organization for Women (NOW), NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Save Women's Lives: March for Freedom of Choice is set for April 25, 2004. Efforts to mobilize supporters of abortion and reproductive rights are already underway.

"Everywhere that I go in this country people come up and ask me: 'When are we going to march again?' The time is now. We must sound the alarm that women's fundamental rights are in danger," said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. "The overwhelming majority of Americans will not go back to the days of back alley abortions."

"Roe v. Wade hangs by a thread," said National Organization for Women (NOW) president Kim Gandy, "and rumored anti-abortion replacements on the Supreme Court could serve for the next 40 years. In other words, the reversal of Roe would last for generations, and the entire reproductive life of my 10-year-old daughter hinges on what we do in the coming year. NOW will be mobilizing women and men across this country to March on Washington for our mothers, for our daughters, and for ourselves Ė there will never be a more important time to stand up for womenís lives."

"We have a simple message for anti-choice leaders who control the White House and Congress Ė donít tread on us, donít tread on our right to choose and donít tread on our right to privacy." Kate Michelman, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America concluded, "Americans will not stand by silently as our rights are trampled. Pro-choice Americans are on the move Ė ready to take to the streets to protect the health, lives and rights of American women."

"With nearly 900 health centers in 49 states providing reproductive health care and well-being to almost five million Americans each year, Planned Parenthood is literally on the front line of a war on women being waged today here in Washington and in state capitals and in courtrooms across our country. We refuse to be the generation that both won and lost the rights to birth control and abortion. We stand for the principle that women -- in consultation with their families and their physicians -- should make their own reproductive and health decisions. Not politicians and not the government. The Bush administration, the U.S. Congress, and the nation need to see hundreds of thousands of Americans showing their vocal support for reproductive freedom," said Gloria Feldt, President of Planned Parenthood Foundation of America.

Contact: Emilie Karrick of the Feminist Majority, 703-522-2214, Rebecca Farmer of the National Organization for Women, 202-628-8669 ext. 116, Deborah Bagocius of NARAL Pro-Choice America, 202-973-3032, or Nasserie Carew of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 202-973-4975

Media Resources: Feminist Majority, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, National Organization for Women



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