Abortion rights are under attack. The right wing has waged a vicious 35-year war on women’s rights: harassing women seeking abortions, bombing clinics, maiming those who work there and even killing abortion providers. The murder of Dr. George Tiller was the latest example of the brutality of the “other side of the abortion debate.” An uncompromising fighter for the rights of women to control their own bodies and their own destinies, he was shot in the face while attending his church in Wichita, Kansas on May 31st of this year. Dr. Tiller was 1 of 3 doctors who still performed late-term abortions, a procedure desperately needed by 10s of thousands of women every year. This is the true face of the domestic terrorists who call themselves “pro-life.”

Ever since the tremendous victory of Roe v. Wade, abortion rights have been chipped away, state by state, through all manner of restrictions like waiting periods, forced "counseling sessions", and parental notification laws. This has been the consequence of the retreat from the streets of the women's rights movement.

Today, 51% of people identify as “pro-life.” Abortion “alternative” clinics now outnumber actual abortion clinics 2 to 1. A full 87% of US counties do not have access to abortion clinics and the women who can get them are made to feel guilty about exercising their reproductive rights. It should go without saying that the doctors who provide these services live in fear for their lives and the lives of those around them.

It’s high time we build a new movement for abortion rights.

As Dr. Tiller said back in 2001, “This battle is about self-determination by women of the direction and course of their lives and their families lives. Abortion is about women’s hopes and dreams. Abortion is a matter of survival for all women.”

You’re invited to take part in this important discussion of what we can do today to begin to rebuild the fight for women’s liberation.

Speaker: Jen Roesch

-Author of Turning back the clock: Women, work, and the family today

-New York City organizer, International Socialist Organization

-Editorial Board, International Socialist Review

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009


St. Mary’s Church, Harlem

126th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway

(take the 1 train to 125th Street Station)

Further Reading:

"Turning Back the Clock? Women, Work and Family Today" by Jen Rosech

"A New Movement for Abortion Rights," by Sharon Smith:

"A Woman's Right, No Matter When or Why," by Elizabeth Schulte