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>> sunday night at 8 p.m. eastern on c-span's q&a. you can listen on the c-span now . after downloading app for free today. >> next, the women's march, a rally supporting reproductive rights activists from pope -- pro-choice organizations speak in artists performed from
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washington dc, this is about 90 minutes. ♪ hello, everyone. you can do better not. -- than that. hello, everyone. i hear -- and here with the task
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of welcoming everyone to rally for abortion justice. this is my fourth march and let me tell you, they get better looking every time i am here. we're thrilled to see so many of you coming out to support abortion access across the country and before we get underway, i know it is hot. i want to say a couple of words before i invite our host out. it is --we will keep it moving. with that said, let's get to it. i have the distinct honor of introducing our host for this
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rally. what's going on? how is everybody doing today? come on. one more time like you mean it. i was everybody doing today? [applause] host: thank you for the intro. i have to tell you it is good to be here. bienvenidos a todos en espanol. i am a first generation mexican-american, born and raised in texas. my mother was undocumented for years and was the most patriotic person i knew. she taught me to love this country and told me this was the
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place dreams were possible. it was the land of opportunity. she came from a village in mexico when things were very different. she came from a family that believed women were inferior to men. that women had to do what men told them to do. they did not have a voice. when my mother came here, she left my father. the first woman and her family -- in her family to do that. she realized her voice was powerful. she realized that he she was free to make her own choices and decided that what was best for her was to leave an abusive
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relationship. [applause] she made her own choice, something she was not used to doing. she spent her life up until her death telling me this country was the place that had given her a choice. [applause] but now, years later, i stand here confused. i always believed that with the passing of time, progress what happened, change for the greater good -- would happen, change for the greater good would happen. i believed it was inevitable. but now i stand here because lawmakers are working on doing the exact opposite, by creating legislation that not only takes away our choices, but can take
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away our lives. my home state of texas recently passed a law that prohibits abortion as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. that's right. where many people not even realize they are pregnant yet. i've got to say, i love my home state, but that is why i am here today. i love my home state of texas so much that i am willing to fight for what is best for the people in it. [applause] i am here to fight for my loved ones, for my family. growing up, one of the mottos you hear about my home state is "don't mess with texas." guess what, texas?
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we are here because we have to mess with you. [applause] we are here because you are trying to control us and now other states are trying to create similar laws as well. the reason i am here today, the reason that many of us are here today is because we want to let people know that we are capable of deciding what is best for us. [applause] we can decide what to do with ou r own bodies. what we are asking for is the right to be treated as a person with their own brain, their own heart, to make decisions that are right for us. now, we are not asking the politicians make abortions
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mandatory, just like they are trying to make carrying out a pregnancy mandatory. we are asking for options. now this country is supposed to be a democracy, where lawmakers listen to what the majority wants. most people support access to abortion. we are here today because we want our voices to be heard. we are here today because we want respect. we want the rights that we are supposed to have as people in a country that says we are all supposed to be equal. [applause] now, are you all ready to get this started? [cheers and applause]
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i welcome you to the rally for abortion justice. [cheers and applause] i got to tell you, i could not be more happier, more honored to be your host for today. before we kick off our formal program, i would like to welcome to the stage -- [singing in native language]
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i am glad you all came. [cheers and applause] it is a good day to be a woman! [applause] my name is hope. my native name means
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firestarter. i am here to start a fire! [cheers and applause] as we gather together in our wise minds -- like minds, today i stand in my truth. will you stand in your truth with me? [cheers and applause] today is all about bringing awareness to autonomy, meaning people have the right to make decisions about their bodies and be treated with dignity and respect. [cheers and applause] i am sure we all love someone
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who has had an abortion. i know i do. [applause] i do not love those women any less. i love them more. just like how i learned to love myself more. [cheers and applause] by respectfully acknowledging the traumatic history of genocide, enforced displacement of the people from their native lands, you honor all the indigenous communities past, present, and future.
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[cheers and applause] >> thank you, my sister. we stand together strongly. my name is gabrielle and i am a piscataway woman here to welcome you to the place where the goods are brought in. we are connected to our piscataway traditional territories, the place where the waters blend. we stand with you, our relatives and sisters, to rematriate our body sovereignty. a colonizer open the way for the brutal enslavement for our kids from africa, who were brought here against their will, and unleashed across this island. we will say the name today of our woman chief, and you will
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learn her name too. we invoke her. she stood up in 1706 to protect the body of her daughter from the very beginning. we carry her with all of us today. say her name! thank her line. [speaking native language] onward together in unity we go, from this land and forward. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> and now we are going to sing the women warrior song, a song we have shared with this
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community of women since the beginning of the march. [singing in native language]
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>> now all together. [singing in native language] [cheers and applause] >> good morning. it is amazing to be here with you again, my sisters. i am a board member of women's
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march. i am lakota from the pine ridge indian reservation. i come from the heart of everything that is, the black hills of south dakota. and i am here to first remind you again that there are 5712 indigenous women who are still murdered and missing. my sisters deserve to be found too. [cheers and applause] my sisters deserve justice too. [cheers and applause] i need you to fight for the justice of indigenous sisters. will you fight for them? [cheers and applause] and i will fight for you too. just as mother earth is sacred, so are you, and so am i. the technique deafness we have
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-- the connective and us we have is infinite. we must care for ourselves. the wisdom and power to choose how to do that ultimately resides within us, no one else. we must reclaim our sacred human rights, autonomy over our land, autonomy over our bodies. will you fight with me? [cheers and applause] we are all related. we are all connected. [cheers and applause] one more time, thank you so much. thank you. onward is right. i would like to say that there is no better way to start a program than actually
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acknowledge the first people that were here in this country, the native americans. [cheers and applause] thank you so much. and now, to help the program move forward, i would like to share a little performance protest. with that, i need your help in welcoming the trust respect access coalition from texas. please welcome them to the stage. [cheers and applause] ♪ >> abortion is sacred
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my body is my own abortion matters for all of us abortion matters for all of us it's freedom it's liberation it's our right it's freedom it's liberation it's our right your fight is my fight abortion is health care abortion is a system abortion is health care abortion is essential abortion is health care
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abortion is essential hands off our bodies my body is my own hands off our bodies my body is my own hands off our bodies ♪ ♪ [cheers and applause] >> ♪ my body is my own bans off our bodies my body is my own bans off our bodies my body is my own bans off our bodies ♪ ♪ >> one more time. that was awesome. >> by the way, i have to say shut out to my fellow texans that are here today to say that
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we need a change back home. thank you for that protest, that is amazing. i have the privilege of welcoming the stage, please give it up for them. >> one, two, one, two. how are you all doing? get up on your feet, we have one song so we have do have a good time. everybody get up, everybody get up, everybody get up, ♪ clap your hands everybody, clap your hands everybody, clap your hands everybody, clap your hands everybody, get on up. ♪
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>> ladies and gentlemen come out the horns -- gentlemen, the horns! ♪
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>> one more time. [cheers and applause] >> are you all pumped up? that was just the warm-up because before march we need to know why we are marching. so right now, we have some amazing voices coming on stage today who will help us understand what is going on with abortion access and reproductive freedom right out. our first speaker is rachel come of the executive director of the women's march here to let you
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know what it means to run the world. >> thank you so much. i don't know about the world but we are definitely running these streets today. a lot of you all, the thing about rallies is there is a lot coming from the stage and not a lot from the people, so when i say hands off, you save my body. hands off, >>my body. >> hands off. >> my body. >> hands off. >> my body. >> i'm grateful to be here on behalf of women's march and to be showing up, fighting and marching with all of you at the rally for abortion justice. [cheers and applause] >> one month ago we watched in horror as the supreme court's
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extremist right wing took a sledgehammer to constitutional rights to abortion and refused to block the most restrictive abortion laws in the country to go into effect. it cut off abortions in texas and they want to criminalize anybody who even helps someone get an abortion in a state that has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the country. it is shameful. beyond that, it is dangerous. as a mexican-american, someone who lives in texas, this is personal to me. as a woman this is personal. as someone who deserves to be able to live her life on her terms, this is personal. it is personal to all of us. 80% of the people in this country believe that people who get pregnant should be able to access abortion care.
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the fact is we outnumber them. [cheers and applause] and yet, white men elected through racist, gerrymandered maps appoint anti-woman, anti- woman -- justices to the supreme court and they ask to remove 50-year-old abortion rights. we cannot and will not let them win. i'm asking you to remember one thing. taking friends, meeting people, your sign game is on point, you are making community and building the power to win moving forward. but today's rally for abortion justice is not just about today. it is day one of a renewed fight
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that we and all of our allies are waging in 50 states all across the country. and i don't know if you have seen social media, but austin is popping, houston, new york, chicago, l.a., 650 marches all across the country. we took the streets today for the first time in the biden era because change in the oval office has not stopped the politicized, perverse and patriarchal desire to regulate our bodies. we can and will show the supreme court and anyone else threatening our freedom that there are more people standing with us on the side of justice than with them. we outnumber them. [cheers and applause] >> and today we are getting loud.
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passively women's health protection act so that states cannot take sledgehammers to abortion rights whenever they feel like, and and the hyde amendment. the fact that we know this, we need more than policies and laws protecting reproductive rights. we need to protect and expand the right to vote, we need to transform and reform democracy and we need a supreme court will not overturn 50 years of president and so much more. this is a fight for our rights. it is a fight for what is right. and it is a fight we can win if and only if we fight together. thank you so much and i will see you and them streets. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, rachel, for
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bringing the energy. are you all fired up now? [cheers and applause] >> i know we are here today to talk about abortion, which is health care. so why not hear from a doctor? please welcome dr. jamila, president and ceo of physicians for reproductive health care and the practicing ob/gyn in d.c. [cheers and applause] >> thank you, thank you so much. hello everyone. hello. you all look beautiful out there. yes. my name is dr. jamila. a parent -- parrott. i use she her pronouns.
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i am a gynecologist and obstetrician and an abortion provider in my community. while i am glad to be here with you all, the circumstances under which we are gathered is anything but positive. we are at a critical moment for access to abortion in our country. and i will not hide from the fact that as a provider of comprehensive reproductive health care that will always include abortion care, this moment is truly frightening. just over one month ago, friends, family, our comrades in texas had access to abortion change overnight with the passage of a bill essentially nullifying the already threadbare protections of roe v. wade. the promise of abortion access
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for the millions of people in need of compassionate care in the state of texas is an empty one. my colleagues who receive the same training that i did to provide abortion care were suddenly forced by this medically unnecessary, dangerous law to turn away patients after six weeks of pregnancy. thankfully, providers of abortion care in surrounding states have opened their doors to patients who are now forced to travel out of state to get their essential care. if they had the resources to travel at all. but it does not have to be this way. everyone should be able to get the care that they need in their own community. [cheers and applause] the truth is, many more people in texas
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without the money, resources or support to travel have been forced against their will. to some of you this may feel abstract. it is happening far away, all of the way in texas. but we are here today because it is not as far away as you may think. at this moment, antiabortion state legislators are working on copycat legislation aimed at robbing us of our bodily autonomy, stripping us of our agency and forcing our communities to flee to access care. the supreme court has agreed to hear oral arguments in a challenge to a clearly unconstitutional 15 week abortion caravan that could overturn roe for all of us. now is the time to be loud and
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clear, that abortion is health care. that cannot be delayed. [cheers and applause] >> abortion care is safe. abortion care is essential. abortion care is normal. abortion care is necessary. abortion care is an act of love. [cheers and applause] >> i am honored to listen to the stories of people for whom i provide care who come to me wanting and needing this care. and i am honored to do that in a way that allows them to live the lives they have defined for themselves where they are controlling their body. their families and their future. there is so much work to do. the senate must pass the women's health protection act to prevent states like texas from being
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able to intimate these dangerous restrictions on access to abortion. make no mistake, the women's health protection act is the floor. congress must also pass the each end of the heel act to ensure that -- and the heal act to ensure that everyone has coverage regardless of who they are, where they live or how they get there health care. the truth is, the need to access abortion care does not occur in a vacuum. the majority of people seeking abortion care are already parents and reproductive justice demands that we have the human right to parent the children we already have in safe and sustainable communities. [cheers and applause] >> supported by the critical passage of maternal health care preventions like those in the build back better package.
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we demand a human right to survive and thrive. we demand reproductive justice and we will fight until we get it. [cheers and applause] >> joined me in saying that enough is enough. [cheers and applause] >> one more time for the doctor, thank you so much. [laughter] now, can we take a minute to thank the people who deliver abortion care? [cheers and applause] >> let's welcome another leading organization in abortion care, the president and ceo of planned parenthood, alexis mcgill
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johnson. >> thank you. hello everybody, i am alexis mcgill johnson, president and ceo of planned parenthood where we are proud to provide abortions. i don't know who needs to hear this, but abortion is health care. basic health care. essential health care. health cannot wait. but across the country, you all know that care is under attack. in texas, the director of patient access at plant parenthood both post has been feeling heartbreaking calls from patients whose constitutional rights are being denied. she and her some incredible providers are here, let us show them love. [cheers and applause]
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>> they end every other abortion provider in texas are having to fight their instincts to send patients out-of-state to receive care. 1028 miles one way from houston, texas to aurora, colorado. three state lines, crossing from texas to arkansas, arkansas to missouri, missouri to illinois. six hours one way. a patient who drove alone because she was so afraid that if she asked someone for help, they might get sued. those of the people who can travel. what about the rest? these are the consequences of one month of one ban in one state. this year alone we have seen nearly 600 restrictions produced in 47 states. no matter where you live, no matter where you are, this fight
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is at your doorstep right now. [cheers and applause] >> december 1, the supreme court will hear does versus jackson women's health -- a case that can unravel roe v. wade once and for all and 26 states will move to ban abortion. for too many people, abortion is already out of reach. our reproductive justice partners remind us, a right without access is meaningless. [cheers and applause] >> shut out to the justice department. this moment is dark. it is dark, but that is why we are here. movements exist because of darkness, and it is our job to find the light even when we can't see it. it is our job to turn pain into purpose, to turn pain into
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promise, and to turn pain into power. [cheers and applause] >> the power to determine what happens to our bodies, our lives, and our futures for every woman, every trans man, every non-binary person, anyone who may ever need an abortion, we own it, it is ours. just one more thing. you all know there is a lot of false equivalence happening in these streets. people want to talk about both sides of this issue. when we know there is only one side. one side. 80% of americans want abortion to be legal. there is not as single state in the union where banning abortion is possible. our humanity and our dignity is not up for debate.
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[cheers and applause] >> every time they overreach, we fight back. as dr. king said, the art of the dutch ark of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice and sometimes we need to jump up and hang on that ark and bend it ourselves. that is exactly what we are going to do until we are all free. thank you. >> one more time, i love that. yes. remember, for spanish speakers, [speaking spanish] we are starting to get real. and we are about to get even more real because coming up next, i am bringing up a reverend. reverend texas -- a reverend
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from texas. let's bring the conversation to people on the ground from texas and welcome reverend erika ford and anna lee from texas. >> good evening my worriers, i greet you with the power and strength you need from this day. i greet you as a licensed and ordained minister that has not had one but two abortions and i am damn glad i did it. i greet u.s. someone who has been fighting for abortion justice for 30 years and i am not tired. i greet you coming from the state of texas where i have been fighting and will continue to fight for abortion justice because this is illegal, point blank, period. i'm going to start by asking you
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to do something for me. look at the people around you. look into your eyes and do your best to memorize them, because these are the eyes of worriers who have been fighting for abortion justice with you, not a single person here is here by accident. each and every one of us is here for a purpose with a purpose. i want join right my friend anna to show a bit about her purpose today. >> hi, everyone. my name is anna and i fight for teen reproductive rights in texas. i am an intern for a -- an abortion storyteller and we testify and advocate for you, and a native texan. the month i turned 17, i wanted
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birth control, but i could not get it because texas won't let teens get it on our own. a few months later, i was having sex and a condom ripped. but the pharmacist refused to sell me plan b because i was 17. that is against the fda's rules. i took pregnancy tests every day for weeks. of course, a few weeks later, those two little lines on the test stared right back at me. i called my bestie and we strategized. in texas, if you are under 18 you have to get your parents position -- permission to get an abortion. my parents lived out of the country so i had to ask a judge, a complete stranger, for permission.
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these are my friends, veronica and hk. [cheers and applause] >> we all had to go as judges for permission to have abortions. thankfully, they were there to help us. i told the judge i was a good student and mature enough to have an abortion. do you know what i wanted to say to the abortion best judge -- judge? i am not a baby making machine and i should be able to decide if and when i become pregnant. the whole process took two weeks. i had my abortion after six weeks because of these delays. if this law was in effect when i needed my first abortion, i would not have been able to get it and my best friend -- could
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be sued for helping me. young people across this nation deserve better. [cheers and applause] >> the women's health protection act is an important start, but the truth is it is not enough for young people like me and my fellow -- we need a real movement to appeal all of the young people to access abortion care. i am lucky that i was able to get my abortion. but it should not be this way. no one should have to go through a judge for permission to have an abortion. no one should worry about being sued for helping their friend
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and no one should stand in my way when i want birth control, plan b or abortions. [cheers and applause] >> thank you for listening to me today and i hope you live today thinking about the young people in your community and your family who may need help getting abortions. because everyone loves someone who had an abortion. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> lesson, each of us has this -- listen. each of us has the same defiant spirit that beckons us to -- this is the fight that all other fights have prepared us for. i know some of you are scared or terrified, but let me tell you, god has placed our justice on the others of care.
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some of us are angry. some of us are sick of this fight and some of us struggle to go on. i'm here to remind you each and every one of us struggle -- come from something greater. some call it god, the spirit, buddha, jehovah, the divine mother and some of us have no name for it because it comes from within our own minds. whatever you call it, it is here and will give us the energy to keep fighting. make no mistake. we are not fighting for our right for abortion justice, we are fighting for our children's rights to five -- thrive. we know that when we take a stand, we are fighting for our rights. when we have our babies, we are fighting for our rights.
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when we don't agree, we are fighting for our rights. when we support and care about every single person on the planet, we are fighting for our rights. [cheers and applause] >> so today, we put the entire world on notice. we will keep fighting until this phrases over and then we will fight on the ice. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> that reverent, the power, the power. thank you so much for sharing your story, because sometimes we have got to put faces to the cause.
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sometimes we have to humanize them because said that, abortion access barriers exist -- let's hear a few more stories to help us understand what we are facing as a nation. especially if the courts overturn years of -- see her. please welcome kenya martin to the stage. [cheers and applause] >> good afternoon. i said good afternoon, everyone. my name is kenya martin and i am a born and raised houston girl, texas forever, h town. i serve as a communications coordinator at the national network of abortion funds, who is here from an abortion fund?
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i am also a board member at the abortion care network and i used to work as an abortion clinic counselor at the houston women's clinic, an independent abortion clinic, where my indie providers at? i am a mama to an amazing daughter, where are mom is at? -- my mamas out? and i am an abortion storyteller with we testify. do we have some we testify storytellers? i see you. where are all of my abortion storytellers at? if you had some abortions make some noise. [cheers and applause] >> it is so good to see all of you here. let me tell you all something. as a texan and a mama who has had an abortion, a lover of all things abortion fund, a cheerleader for independent clinics, i am devastated,
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wrecked actually, my heart is broken at the passing of this law. the fact that they think they can treat any of us, that they can see -- treat texas like this? it's got me [expletive] up. and they have the nerve to to random strangers they consume. people who love us and show up for us, sue them for a raggedy $10,000 check. what the hell? this is wrong, y'all. let me be clear when i say this. every single last one of my abortions was necessary. my abortion saved my life and i am grateful that i am able to stand before you today and say
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that. -- our ancestors had abortions. we have been having abortions for thousands of years. this is ancient, y'all. people been having abortions since they been having sex. providing abortions is one of the oldest professions, that and sex work. let's hear for the sex workers, shout out to y'all. let me talk about being pro-sex for a minute. sex is fun, sex is healthy, sex is our bodies and mental health. a lot of are not trying to stop having sex.
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the ultimate goal is an orgasm. and that is okay to have an abortion after some hot sex because you don't want to be pregnant. i want you to know if that is your experience, that is ok. your story deserves to be told -- heard. as i close, i want to talk to all of you who show up for us who have abortions and love up on us, all of you at abortion funds, independent clinics. if your and abortion funder or clinic worker, make some noise. make some noise so they can hear you in those clinics. [cheers and applause] i love abortion workers and clinic
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workers. you show up for people who have abortions when no one else will. the fact that this law targets you for showing up, showing up to care for us, it is dangerous. it is cruel and it sure is not christian. i am a lapsed catholic. it is not loving thy neighbor. they need to be pro mind your business. [cheers and applause] >> this law targets abortion clinic workers and abortion funders. we need our clinics. we need our abortion fund. we need them open, available and able to provide care to everyone who needs it. so what can you do? well, if you have got time, show up. volunteer to take calls on the hotline. volunteer to be a clinic export if you're clinic has a program.
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--escort if your clinic has a program. donate to your local independent abortion provider. make sure clinics are able to survive this mess. i am about to leave the stage because we have other speakers, but to all of you that have had abortions, i love you and your stories deserve to be told, and as we say at we testify, everyone loves someone who had an abortion. and it is ok to say we have abortions because we freaking wanted to. [cheers and applause] >> and i want to hear from those who have had abortions. let me hear if you had an abortion.
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i had an abortion. i had an abortion. i had an abortion. >> [cheers and applause] >> thank you for speaking the truth and being pro-sex and making sure everybody knows it is ok to have an abortion for whatever circumstance you want. to understand that sex can be fun because sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what we are doing. just giving ourselves the respect and right to do whatever we want to do with our bodies. we are getting ready to march,
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but i want to introduce our next performer. while we get ready to march, please welcome her to the stage. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much for having as, we are going to play some music for you. ♪
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>> i'm a woman in a man's world, i'm a woman in a man's world ♪
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i'm a woman in a man's world i'm a woman in man's world i'm a woman in a man's world i'm a woman in a man's world >> man's world, man's world man's world ♪
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>> i'm a woman in a man's world i'm a woman in a man's world i'm a woman in a man's world i'm a woman in a man's world man's world
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man's world ♪ man's world in a man's world i'm a woman ♪ >> thank you so much. let's march! [cheers and applause] >> awesome.
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all right, it is time to start bringing it home, we have got to get ready to march. please welcome marcia jones from the center in texas to the stage. [cheers and applause] >> woo! hey. it is hot, it is hot, it is hot out here. i thought i came from hell. but i think i just met hell. anyway, how are y'all doing? how is everybody doing? how are y'all feeling? i'm feeling real good to be
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seeing people again, i'm tired of seeing people on a screen. but here is what i'm going to do today. i'm going to do something different from what we have heard so far, what i'm going to do is ask you to go with me. i promise if you go with me, it will make sense by the time bring it home, ok? so before i even start, i want to first shout out to the 12 bad black women who had the audacity to step inside of a room and organize around reproductive justice. because you see, those women knew, they knew that today was going to come. they know that it is absolutely impossible to get full bodily
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autonomy organizing around a single issue. that just wasn't going to get us there. especially if you were looking at how these things were going to impact the most marginalized folks. and for the better half, that's going to be folks that did not identify as white. so in order to make that happen, we had to take all of those lived experiences into consideration. where i'm going to sleep, what is it going to look like, what are my going to have to negotiate to have sex, what am i going to have to give up if i don't have sex, how is all of it going to play out in my everyday lived experience? and then we have got to bring in racism because we can't do this if we are not talking about race, i'm sorry. if you didn't want to talk about race -- did not want to talk about race, you should not have
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invited me, because i have a full-blown fat black woman who will always talk about race. because you can't not talk about race. so i'm going to tell you why i am standing here. i am standing here today because i am a black woman. i'm standing here today because black women need to be standing here. i'm standing here today because what has happened over the last four years is not acceptable. i am standing here today because of some black folks and some other nonwhite folks decided i'm not on this anymore. they decided that what was happening wasn't going to happen anymore. so my last shutout is to bipoc folks across the nation, organizing, leading and having this conversation today. so here is my speech that i can do in about 30 seconds. i come from the state of texas. i was born in texas 60 years
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ago, so texas is all i know. but what makes it so easy for a state like texas to go and rip folks'reproductive choices out of their hands is this is the same state that refuses to allow comprehensive sex education to be taught in the schools. this is the same state that understands clearly that if you provide folks having babies with six additional months of medicaid that they possibly won't die. this is the exact same state who have killed tens of thousands of people by mismanaging covid, and then the same folks they said they care about, our children, sent them to school unprotected. these are the same folks, y'all.
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these are the same folks who continue to let the police kill black folks and then give them more resources so they could be incentivized to kill more black folks. these are the same people. so i want to tell you all as i close, yeah, we have got to keep on fighting. we can't give up, because not only is abortion health care, but my organization, we believe it is also self care. [cheers and applause] >> and we said that loud and proud. it is self care. while we seek to do what we need to do, we are going to keep on giving it to texas. black folks, nonwhite folks, all of us are telling people today. you can no longer tell us what to do with our bodies. the should stop today.
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-- that stops today. >> thank you so much. coming up next, we have some from the national latina institute for reproductive justice. welcome to the stage. >> thank you, good afternoon freedom plaza. [cheers and applause] >> at the national latina institute for reproductive justice, we fight for all latinos and latinx people to have full access to reproductive health, committee and the justice we deserve. we are a proud reproductive justice organization. we honor the black women who
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gave us the reproductive justice movement. thank you. the reproductive justice movement is full of why brent and visionary people like yourselves who fight for liberation while also prioritizing joy and community. we have to have joy even in these fights, we have to have joy. reproductive justice taught me that what was cemented by roe v. wade was the floor of what we need and deserve. it offered us a basic right to abortion, but a right to an abortion is not the same as access. not when barriers exist like travel, cost and state implemented medically unnecessary barriers. not when a person is afraid to ask a loved one for help or afraid to take time to think about it because what if
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tomorrow the right goes away? i want to tell you about rosie jimenez. she was a 27-year-old beloved mother and a student in texas. she needed abortion care in 1977. poverty forced her to seek care in the margins and she died after an unsafe abortion. her right to an abortion was meaningless then without true access in the form of health care coverage. rosie is the first known victim of a 1976 medicaid abortion ban known as the hyde amendment. i stand in solidarity today with those in texas who are facing the most extreme restrictions on abortion care in the nation. we stand in solidarity with rosie and all texans. and we stand in solidarity with
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the people everywhere because this fight is coming for all of us, not just in texas and the south, it is coming everyone. abortion is health care. it is that simple. rosie deserved safe and affordable access to the abortion she needed in 1977, and that is still true for all of us today in 2021. let's work to make abortion more accessible so that when a person decides they need one, they can get one easily. say it with me now. abortion is health care. abortion is health care. abortion is health care. thank you. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much. i love seeing texas represented here. we know it is not ok and i love this. we are getting to the end of the
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program, you're about to get ready to march. right now, i would like to ask for your help in welcoming skyler baylor to the stage. [cheers and applause] >> thank you so much. i am so excited. and i'm just going to cut right to the chase. you're probably wondering why a man, me, is standing in front of you to talk to you at the women's march about women's rights. i am the first transgender athlete to compete for a division i men's team in college . and the keyword, sports are cool, but the keyword is transgender. i am a transgender man, which means that although i am a man, i was assigned female at birth.
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which means that i have a uterus. which means that i could get pregnant. which means that i could need an abortion. [cheers and applause] >> i am here to remind you to make it absolutely clear that people of all genders can have abortions. and people of all genders can have safe and legal access to abortion. this is a women's issue. and it is also a transgender man's issue. it is also a non-binary person's issue. it is also a gender queer, gender fluid, trans masculine person's issue. this is about all of us. and i want to let you in on a
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little secret, hopefully it is no secret to you because you are here. you should not have to have a uterus to care about abortion rights. you should not have to have a uterus to care about on me. you should not have to have a uterus to care about a person's right to choose to do what they do with their body. i am a transgender man. i have spent my life fighting for my right to choose what i do with my body. my right to get top surgery, my right to get gender affirming hormones, my right to have access to gender affirming, lifesaving health care. we should all have access to lifesaving health care, am i right? am i right? [cheers and applause] >> pro-life rhetoric is not
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truly pro-life. because if it was, it would support all of the things that save lives. like fighting for black liberation and ending police brutality. like fighting for dinner affirming health care to save trans kids lives. like ending conversion therapy that kills where kids all of the time. pro-life is truly pro-control. pro-life is about controlling anyone's body that wants to dismantle or that reject the cis hetero patriarchy. all of us here or hopefully here to reject the cis hetero patriarchy because we all deserve the right to do what we want to with our own bodies. we deserve the right to choose.
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what i have done with my body, my choices in my body, have allowed me to stand in front of you today. have allowed me to become the first transgender athlete to defeat in a division i men's team, to allow for trans lives in people's lives to be themselves. we all deserve that right to choose. our bodies, our choice. i want you to say it with me. our bodies, our choice. our bodies, our choice. our bodies, >> our choice. thank you so much. [cheers and applause] >> one more time for skyler baylor, minding us -- reminding us this is a cause for everyone. this is about choice for everyone. and coming up next, we have our closing speaker, of this.
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i am honored to have the privilege to introduce the executive director of sister song, a woman of color representative just as collective, the united states budget organization dedicated to reproductive justice for women of color. please help me welcome her. >> what's up? how are y'all doing today? [cheers] it has been a long time since we have done this. it feels so good to see all's faces. again, my name is monica simpson, and i have the honor and privilege of leading sistersong, a southern based national organization. i have to say that, because the
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sounds is in the building today. i know that y'all have we have heard speakers tell us so much about their own experiences. can you give those speakers a round of applause today? for their leadership, their bravery, and their dedication to our fight for reproductive freedom. i am a country girl and a church girl, so i am always about call and response. are y'all down? i need y'all to say we are going to fight for freedom. we must fight for justice. it will take all of us to get to the other side.
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all of these speakers have reminded us of how real this fight is. a fight for abortion justice is reproductive justice, we do know that, right? we know what this is meant for the most impacted areas of the country. they have shared their personal stories and reminded us of the deep history of the black women who created reproductive justice and shifted power namic and transformed -- power dynamic and transformed the way we organize and advocate for our reproductive lives. can we say trust black women? some of us decide to have children, some of us decide to not have children. some of us are just fine as aunties, like myself.
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and some of us are absolutely committed to the well-being of our families, and we want nothing less then for all the things that they need to be able to grow and live and be as strong as possible. we want to breathe fresh air. we want to live in a world where we have a livable wage. we want to be able to celebrate our sexuality freely and to exercise the power of bodily autonomy and keep ourselves and our families safe and happy and healthy. [applause] i don't know about y'all, but i-8 for something that is so deep. i ache most deeply for a radical vision of the future in which the dreams of people like me, that look like me, feel that whatever it is that they need, they get to have. that really means that we get to live our lives in a way that
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keeps us away from systematic violence and oppression and restrictions on our bodily autonomy every single day. i am deeply aching for something that is bigger than just roe. if you want something that you don't have, you had better be willing to do something you have never done. i know that i am ready. i have been ready. are you already? -- are y'all ready? [cheers] i don't know about y'all, but i have been dreaming about winning lately. i have been getting my speech is ready, getting my outfits together for the winning day, you will me -- feel me? it is our duty to win. i take that seriously. i don't just say that in the
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marches. i take that on as a personal mantra. it is our duty to win. don't you all believe that it is our duty to win? it ain't going to be easy. we know what is in front of us, what is ahead of us, what we have to conquer and what we have to make sure we are taking out and dismantling. this is going to make us have to work harder than we have ever worked before. it is going to take deeper trust, deeper commitment to dismantling white supremacy, good people. because this fight for abortion access is a fight against white supremacy. as black women and people of color, our bodily autonomy is central to our liberation. it is our freedom to make decisions about our own health and our own bodies when it is denied, and we are not liberated
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if that is the world we live in. instead, we do not need to be bound by laws and systems of white supremacy that only diminish our human rights. that is not a world i am willing to live in. like my sister marsha said, if you don't want us to talk about race, you might not have wanted to ask black women to talk on the stage. but what we know is that it is necessary for us to connect this issue to the racial justice issue that it is. once we do that, we ensure that we all get to the liberation that we all want to see in our lifetime. and only by addressing how each system of oppression and directs impacts with the other one, and by dismantling all those damn mechanisms that prevent the most vulnerable people from accessing the resources and support to exercise their right to live a self-determined life is the only
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way we are going to get free. that is what reproductive justice is all about, entering this conversation through that lens and looking at all those connections together. i'm ready to win. i ready to march. i'm'ma keep going because i'm not tired yet. are you all tired? i am standing on this stage today as a leader, but also as a reflection. each one of you is a reflection to each other today. i know i am a reflection to other black women, to other southern folks, to other lezz beings -- other lesbians navigating their sexual lives. we are all up in here. i believe our collective power is stronger than any opposition. i know it will take all of us to get the liberation we want, and
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i believe it is possible. have you taken time to imagine what it will feel like to win? i want you to put that in your mind for a minute. what does it feel like for us to win? i want you to hold onto that vision and use that vision as a driving force to do this work in bigger and bolder and more intentional ways. are you already? -- are y'all ready? [cheers] that's what i'm talking about. i know we are ready to march, but before we do that, we are going to do that with amazing musicians that have put themselves in front of this call to action today. how did y'all love those soul rebels earlier? [cheers] that's what i'm talking about. i'm going to bring the soul rebels back up. we can't have no march without
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music. put your hands together one more time for the soul rebels! [cheers and applause] >> y'all ready for one more song? y'all ready for the march? let's do it. ♪ >> everybody get ready. we about to start this march. here we go. come on. come on, come on. here we go. ♪ walking around in d.c.
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everybody asking who we are soul rebels in the place to be let your mind be free let your mind be free for your mind with education help to build a better nation let your mind be free ♪ ♪
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dissented in all the cases that took away the rights of african-americans, because he knew that the post-civil war amendments which were added to the constitution and ratified as a price of reentry to the union for the south, and for the rest of the country ratified under the normal process, that it was intended to preserve the rights of african-americans. when his colleagues, for reasons that were very suspicious, basically tried to keep peace with the south, when they began to retreat from that as though it was the right of the supreme court to say that this was not really in the constitution, was not really what was intended, harlan stood up strongly against that. >> sunday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern. you can listen to "q&a" and all of our podcasts on the new c-span now app.
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