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March to defend reproductive rights, Birmingham 20 May
May 20, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
On Saturday 20 May there will be a big anti-abortion jamboree in Birmingham. Feminist Fightback along with other feminist activist groups in London are mobilising as many people as possible to travel there to join the a counter demonstration – with creative actions and slogans we will be arguing for reproductive rights!
Come and join us – we have cheap train tickets from London (meeting at Euston before 9am). Tickets are £20 waged and £10 low-waged/concessions.
For more details about the demonstration, to reserve a ticket, what to expect on the day and where to meet us email: email@example.com
Our statement for the day:
Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide!
Around the world, the right is winning elections by promising to defend ‘traditional family values’. But they are talking about defending a very specific type of family — a white, heterosexual, wealthy couple who can afford to pay for childcare and own a home in an area with well-funded schools and hospitals.
Working-class people in the UK are struggling to raise their families in the face of cuts to services. Since 2010, 763 Sure Start children’s centres and 34 domestic violence refuges have closed. Zero-hour contracts and poverty wages leave many families without a reliable income, whilst rip-off rents mean that many children are living in poor quality, precarious housing.
After a trial at St George’s Hospital in London, 20 NHS hospitals will require a passport and utility bill before treating patients, leaving migrants with precarious status or no papers without access to sexual health and maternity services.
The ‘pro-life’ people here today want an end to our right to decide whether or not we have a child, but won’t oppose the conditions which limit our choices in the first place. They aren’t campaigning alongside us to oppose cuts to maternity or children’s services. They aren’t fighting for higher wages or better quality housing. It seems that they only care about children before they’re born, that they only care about a ‘right to life’ for those who can afford it.
Stand with us against this attack on free, safe, legal abortion. We won’t go back to the backstreet.