Abortion Rights and Birth Control--Looking Back, Moving Forward: An Event Commemorating the 38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Published Katie - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 4:07pm

Join Gainesville Women’s Liberation, a chapter of National Women’s Liberation (NWL), on Friday, January 21, 2010, at 7:00 p.m. to commemorate the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Learn about how abortion is necessary in order for all women to have control over their destinies and about the role Gainesville feminists have played in the national organizing campaign for unrestricted over-the-counter access to the Morning-After Pill. This event will take place at the Civic Media Center, 433 South Main St., Gainesville, FL.

Featured speaker, Candi Churchill, was one of nine women arrested by Homeland Security for sitting-in at the Food & Drug Administration to demand complete access to the Morning- After Pill and is a plaintiff in a suit against the FDA. A founding organizer with National Women’s Liberation, she led a campus/community coalition that fought race and sex discrimination at UF and organized a national campaign against rape and sexual assault. She has worked as a professional union representative with the United Faculty of Florida since 2002.

For more than 6 years, feminists in National Women's Liberation, through the "Morning-After Pill Conspiracy," have led a grassroots fight to make the Morning-After Pill (MAP also known as "emergency contraception") available to all women without any age or other unnecessary restrictions. Through feminist Speak-Outs, consciousness-raising groups and at FDA hearings, women publicly testified about their experiences with pregnancy, abortion and birth control and why women need unrestricted access to all forms of birth control, especially MAP. Nine women were arrested at FDA headquarters as part of a larger protest of the agency's inaction during the Bush administration. NWL is a part of a lawsuit against the FDA, Tummino v. von Eschenbach, charging the agency with acting based on anti-birth control politics, not science, and failing to follow its own procedures.

On March 23, 2009, a federal court found that the FDA "acted in bad faith and in response to political pressure." The FDA was ordered to make MAP available to 17 year olds without a prescription and to reconsider making MAP available to all women over-the-counter without any age or other restrictions.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been considering this issue for over 9 years, but has engaged in unnecessary delays in making decisions about MAP and failed to act in the interests of all women. Women won't wait any longer.

Join us to learn more about the exciting history of the campaign and how you can get involved.

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 7:00pm
Free, donations appreciated