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Group DescriptionOfficial Press Release for Walk for Choice 2011
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Walk for Choice 2011 Rallies Planned Across the Globe
Pro-choice supporters around the world are organizing people protests against HR 3 on February 26th, 2011. Events are currently planned for Chicago, Los Angeles, D.C., Boston, Minneapolis, Alaska, the U.K. and Pakistan.
Chicago, IL – February 8, 2011 – Peaceful protests are planned for cities around the world in response to Congressional bill H.R. 3. The bill, called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” was introduced by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-NJ). Pro-choice activist Raven Geary was horrified, and sprung into action immediately.
“I started organizing an event for Chicago right away,” Geary said. “Then people kept messaging me and saying they wanted to plan one for their city.”
Currently, Walk for Choice 2011 rallies are planned in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Alaska, the United Kingdom, and even Pakistan.
Protests are taking place from 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th.
Mohini Lal, one of the event organizers, said H.R. 3 threatens a woman’s bodily autonomy.
“The environment of political speech right now is dangerous for women,” Lal said. “Women are adults and should be treated as nothing less, but the current actions of Congress threaten individual autonomy on more than a medical level.”
Geary said that in light of the economic environment and high levels of unemployment, the GOP should be focusing on what they promised on the campaign trail: job creation.
“While most Americans are demanding jobs, the GOP seems to have made overturning Roe v. Wade its top priority. The recent events in Congress surrounding H.R. 3 (No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act) struck a nerve with activists here in Illinois,” Geary said. “We are now harnessing the power of social networking to organize demonstrations across the globe.”
People who are interested in organizing an event for their city or learning more about a Walk for Choice protest in their area should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT WALK FOR CHOICE
Walk for Choice 2011 was created directly in response to the events in Congress surrounding H.R. 3. Women and allies around the world will peacefully protest against limiting a woman’s right to choose and the right to have a safe, legal abortion. Abortion is a legal procedure that saves the lives of 70,000 women each year. Walk for Choice will take place in multiple cities on February 26th, 2011. The official Walk for Choice website is walkforchoice.tumblr.com.
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