August 26th marks national Women’s Equality Day, which commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote in 1920 (To be clear, however, some Black women were not actually able to vote until the 1960s). Since its inception, Women’s Equality Day has grown to include celebrations of women’s organizations and a push to consider the work we still have to do in ensuring equal opportunity across gender in the United States today.
It is no secret that in Trump’s America, it is increasingly dangerous to be a member of a marginalized community, and that includes women. The Trump administration has shown itself to be hell bent on rolling back important rights for immigrants, queer communities, low-income Americans, and people of color.
Today, we face unprecedented and alarming threats to our reproductive freedom, our right to exercise bodily autonomy, and our access the health care we desperately need. One of the greatest threats to our sexual and reproductive futures is Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court. With this nomination, the constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion in this country is on the line. We must take Trump at his word that Kavanaugh would overturn Roe v. Wade and get rid of the Affordable Care Act.
On this Women’s Equality Day, Planned Parenthood of New York City asks that we center sexual and reproductive health and justice and examine the attacks we face and the long road ahead of us to secure the rights we all deserve, regardless of our gender.
We need your help to make our voices heard loud and clear: Brett Kavanaugh is unfit to serve a lifetime on our highest court. He would take away our access to abortion, birth control, and health care, and he’d threaten our ability to live free of discrimination.
Our senators shouldn’t vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation without hearing from us first. RSVP today.
Please join us this Sunday to rally and stand up for reproductive health - not just for women, but for all of us. We will meet at 11:45 a.m. in front of Starbucks located at 111 Worth Street on the corner of Lafayette Street right outside Foley Square. We’ve got signs and swag for you!
It’ll take all of us, working together, to #StopKavanaugh and fight for our health care.