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Lawrence women plan march for reproductive rights

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Article updated at 6:40 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17 to reflect updated plans:

In conjunction with a nationwide movement, Lawrence women are planning a march on Saturday, Oct. 2 to South Park.

Organizers are asking people to show up to Watson Park, 727 Kentucky St., at 1 p.m. Oct. 2 to organize, then march to South Park. They say they’re rising up and making themselves loud and clear that they won’t tolerate attacks on abortion.

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The nationwide movement further explains: “On October 2, we’re marching in every single state ahead of the Supreme Court reconvening on October 4, Women’s March and more than 90 other organizations, including National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, Planned Parenthood, SHERO Mississippi, Mississippi in Action, Access Reproductive Care-Southeast, The Frontline, Working Families Party, and SisterSong, are organizing a national call to mobilize and defend our reproductive rights.”

“Abortion has never been fully accessible, but we are at the risk of losing our reproductive freedom completely. The call to action is clear, and urgent,” the womensmarch.com website continues.

Marches are planned in all 50 states.

“The relentless attacks from Texas to Mississippi are ramping up quickly. Anti-choice extremists have a deep desire to return to a time when there was more clear and effective domination and control over queer and trans folks, women, and people of color; they want to revive those old values and societal norms to the point of re-acceptance. The authoritarian agenda of reproductive control is fueled by misogyny and racism – and we must challenge it, together.”

Follow the Facebook event page and the Lawrence Juice for updates and more information. Organizers are also seeking volunteers to get involved and will share details of how to make donations on that page when possible.

A similar event is planned in Topeka; find information about that here.

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