Sisters Organizing for Survival, a campaign of Radical Women, was at it again on Friday, agitating for justice and for changes to the way the state treats the poor and economically disadvantaged. Speakers at the rally celebrated women's rights relating to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which guarantees women certain access to reproductive health care regarding abortive measures, that is, for the termination of unwanted pregnancies.
During an open mic segment, one participant addressed the assembled crowd by pointing out that abortion has always been available to the wealthy (regardless of Roe v. Wade,) so that attacks on Roe v. Wade essentially amount to attacks on the economically disadvantaged.
Participants also called for an expansion of basic health services. In a time of revenue shortfall, it was suggested that the best way to cover the costs of basic health care for all would be through progressive taxation of income and wealth, and corporate profits.
[update here is an article from The News Tribune: Roe v. Wade rally attracts supporters to Capitol, there was also TV coverage by KOMO 4 and KING 5.]
The rally connected abortion rights and Basic Health. According to a press release:
Lisa Clarke, a working mother of two who helped to organize the rally, thinks these issues are inseparable: "Women's right to abortion is a healthcare issue and real reproductive choice involves quality, affordable healthcare for families and individuals of all ages. Our rights are denied when rate hikes force tens of thousands off the Basic Health Plan, when children's medical services are threatened, and when two-thirds of Washington counties have no abortion providers. Instead, these vital programs should be expanded. The funds are there if legislators would tax the profits of large corporations and the income of the wealthy."Here are some more photos from the event: