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FEATURE | September 2003


Making History
March to Save Women's Lives
April 25, 2004 Washington, DC

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It is a stunning plan, and one that is unprecedented. Four of the nation's major women's rights and reproductive-rights groups are organizing what is expected to be the largest march in US history.

It's called Save Women's Lives-- March for Freedom of Choice.

Proclaiming that only a large-scale march in the nation's capital can create the momentum this decisive moment in the United States requires, the Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro-Choice America, NOW and Planned Parenthood Federation of America have slated the march to "SAVE WOMEN'S LIVES" to take place in Washington, DC, on April 25.

Thirty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, reproductive freedom hangs by a thread in the US Supreme Court. Despite overwhelming public support for a woman's right to choose, the majoirty in Congress and President Bush oppose women's reproductive freedom.

Hopeless? Not at all. We are taking to the capital.

Six hundred thousand feminists marched in Washington, DC for abortion rights on April 9, 1989. Joining the March for Women's Lives were a number of celebrities and women's leaders (front row l-r): Robin Tyler, Morgan Fairchild, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Bella Abzug, Molly Yard, Marlo Thomas, Whoopi Goldberg, Cybill Shepherd, Kim Gandy; (second row): Patricia Ireland (behind Close), Judy Collins (behind Yard), Eleanor Smeal (behind Thomas). Photo by Reuters Newmedia Inc./Corbis