On Monday, Jan. 23, the National Organization for Women (NOW) will hold its annual vigil in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, commemorating the 39th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision affirming women’s constitutional right to abortion.
“For nearly four decades, NOW and women’s rights activists around the country have been fighting to ensure that women have access to the full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion, birth control and prenatal care,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “But the struggle continues, and far-right extremists are now ramping up their attacks, passing a record number of state anti-abortion laws just last year, and pressing for complete defunding of family planning clinics.”
“Clearly, abortion is still front and center on right-wing political agendas, putting women’s lives at risk,” O’Neill stated. “Our grassroots activists and allies across the country will continue to stand strong to protect our rights. We will never give up, and we will never go back.”
Who: NOW President Terry O’Neill and pro-choice activists
What: Vigil to commemorate the 39th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
When: Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1 First Street NE, Washington, D.C.
Local NOW chapters across the country will also host actions and events. A complete list is available online.