Ruling on the constitutionality of state abortion bans could potentially overturn the Roe v. Wade decision, and it is imperative to speak out. The march also supported H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), the federal legislation that would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, applicable in all 50 states.
The San Jose Event
Multi-generational, diverse individuals and members from stellar organizations marched alongside our branch members, carrying impactful signs that voiced their dissatisfaction and concerns.
Gilroy City Council Member Rebeca Armendariz welcomed everyone, followed by a land acknowledgement, and blessing by Corinna Herrera-Loera. Emcees Hayward City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tempore Aisha Wahab introduced exemplary speakers Sera Fernando Chief Diversity Officer for Silicon Valley Pride and Senior Management Analyst for the Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs, Kolieka Seigle, President National Organization for Women California (2018-2021), Sophia Yen MD, Pandia Health, Lupe Rodriguez, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, and Michele Dauber JD, Enough is Enough Voter Project. Their inspiring speeches moved, motivated, and urged us to keep up the momentum. Our work is far from over.
National AAUW & What We Should Do Next
Nationally, AAUW joined more than 150 partners, led by key reproductive justice organizations, to mobilize around 650 events across the country. Members marched in local events, hosted, and spoke at in-person rallies, participated virtually, communicated information online, and contacted elected officials.
It is crucial to stay energized in the weeks ahead and defend the right to bodily autonomy and abortion care. Here is what AAUW National proposes:
- Contact your elected officials:Direct constituent interactions influence lawmakers’ decisions more than other advocacy strategies.
- Hold a virtual meeting locally and remind everyone to urge members of Congress to support the Women’s Health Protection Act! So far it has passed the House and has been placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 139.
- More information: https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/3755
- Write a letter to the editor: A letter to the editor or an op-ed energizes branch members promotes AAUW visibility in the community, while disseminating information about important issues.
- Build community: Educating friends and family and enlisting their support is a valuable contribution. Have conversations with loved ones or host a community forum to discuss the importance of defending reproductive health and freedom for all.