An abortion rights protester participates in nationwide demonstrations following a leaked Supreme Court opinion suggesting the possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Houston, Texas, May 14, 2022.
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People in the United States skipped work Friday over a “Day Without Us” protest against the recent Supreme Court decision overturning the federal constitutional right to abortion.
Organized by a group of black female leaders, the national teachings will be held online starting at 11:30 am ET, hosted by actress and singer Naturi Naughton, with in-person meetings in the city including Atlanta, Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and Oakland, California.
The event coincides with the 46th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal Medicaid funding for abortion services.
And it also comes days before the next Supreme Court term, which begins Monday.
Two of the organizers, Leslie Mac and Tiffany Flowers, said the idea for the event was sparked by their dismay over the June ruling in the case known as Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
That decision overturned the federal right to abortion that had been protected since 1973 by the court ruling in Roe v. Veal.
“I was in a text thread with other powerful black women who felt really let down by our leaders: devastated, hurt, confused and unsure of what would happen next,” said Flowers, campaign director for The Frontline, a progressive group. .
“What could we do to meet the moment? Our motto is don’t agonize, let’s get organized,” he said.
Flowers and Mac brought together partner groups including Movement for Black Lives, Move On, Women’s March, Moms Rising Together, March for Our Lives and Working Families Party.
Tracey Corder, who organized the partners for the event, said: “Day Without Us is for everyone, regardless of your identity, because we are all inherently worthy of body autonomy.”
“Any attack on our economic, political and human rights is an attack on our collective freedom and the fall of Roe is part of a larger project of oppression,” Corder said.
More than 60 percent of Americans disapprove of the Dobbs ruling, according to an NBC News poll released earlier this month.
Although reproductive rights are at the heart of the event, organizers say it will also be held to support progressive causes including climate change, access to housing and labor rights.
The event is for “everyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired!” you read on the site.
“This is an invitation,” Flowers said. “Whether online or on local pop-ups, this full-day event will serve as a space where people can connect with each other and connect the dots on our shared struggles. The doors of movement are wide open and reproductive justice is the next. “.