Saturday, January 22 marked the 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States. As this new Congress aims to steadily chip away at women’s legal rights to choice and to access all of their reproductive health options, it will take a community of concerned citizens to ensure that that women can safely make informed decisions about their bodies and their future.
To celebrate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Feministing joined the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF) for a fundraiser and social bringing together our pro-choice friends and supporters from around the tri-state area. The event was hosted by awesome ladies: feminist activist Shelby Knox and IAmDrTiller (known for starting the Twitter hashtag #IHadAnAbortion), and there was a packed room of fierce feminists of various ages, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender identities shutting down any stereotypes about what pro-choice feminism looks like. Lori, Chloe, Maya and myself represented for Feministing and it was wonderful to connect offline with so many readers. It was definitely a proud and affirming moment for the pro-choice community.
Thanks again to all who came out in the frigid weather to support the cause and meet other pro-choice feminists in the area. If you missed the festivities, you can still support NYAAF online. Your contribution helps NYAAF provide financial assistance to low-income women in New York State who cannot afford to have an abortion. If you’d like to help women in your local area, visit National Network of Abortion Funds for more information.