Statewide rally against the 'War on Women' April 28 in Baton Rouge

Statewide rally against the 'War on Women' April 28 in Baton Rouge

POSTED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 7:00am

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 10:54am

As state legislatures across the United States and Congress consider an avalanche of legislation that threatens the health and welfare of women, Unite Against the War on Women will challenge these measures with marches and rallies across the country on Saturday, April 28, including in Baton Rouge at City Plaza behind City Hall.

“Enough is Enough,” said Unite Women Louisiana Chair Ashley Baggett. “Women and men throughout Louisiana are joining our movement every day, knowing that if we stand idly by, the threats to our welfare and our reproductive rights will become a reality. The progress generations of women have worked for is under fire from politicians who want to play election year games with our lives.”

Included in the measures Baggett cited as contributing to the “War on Women” are:

• The Louisiana Legislature’s 2011 attempt to defund Planned Parenthood that failed by one vote and multiple limitations to reproductive rights proposed in the current session

• The Virginia legislature’s passage of an invasive, mandatory “trans-vaginal ultrasound” measure for women seeking abortions; Mississippi and other states now have the same regressive, restrictive legislation under consideration.

• “Personhood” legislation and amendments that would criminalize contraception and family planning; first introduced in the Louisiana legislature but and now under consideration in legislatures throughout the nation

• The likely U.S. Senate repeal of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, a bipartisan measure providing essential services to victims of domestic abuse

• Federal policies allowing a wide range of employers to opt-out of including birth control in their insurance plans

“We will not suffer the burdens of those whose ambitions would be fulfilled by the destruction of the human worth of mothers, sisters and daughters of this nation.” Unite Women national founder Karen Teegarden said. “This war on women must be resisted and won before the toxic effects of the current national conversation become irrevocable reality.”

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