FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 14, 2017
Contact: Liuba Grechen Shirley
New York’s 2nd District Democrats
STOP THE WAR ON WOMEN, STOP THE REAL LIFE HANDMAID'S TALE!
Women from communities throughout Long Island will stage a rally in protest of the Trump administration's latest attack in the war on women!
Recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives bans abortions after 20 weeks, with supporting votes by Recent legislation passed by the House of Representatives bans abortions after 20 weeks, with supporting votes by Long Island Representatives Peter King and Lee Zeldin. This, coupled with the Trump Administration’s roll back of contraceptive coverage by any company or nonprofit citing religious or moral objection, is a direct attack on women’s basic human rights. Women should decide when they will, or will not, have children. The Trump Administration should not force women to submit to the religious beliefs of their employers, which put them at risk for an unwanted pregnancy. The Administration should not victimize the 1 percent of women who seek an abortion after 20 weeks; these cases involve difficult and often dangerous personal circumstances. Survivors of sexual assault should be protected by the law, not re-victimized by it. Rolling back survivor protections is an affront to these courageous women who have stood up and spoken out. We will NOT be turned into real life Handmaids!
Our rally is organized by members of the Long Island Women's Rights Coalition in conjunction with both Ultraviolet's Handmaids' Resistance, and the nationwide Handmaid Coalitions "50 Handmaids in 50 states" protest and which has coordinated similar rallies across our nation the same day. Some of those gathered in protest will wear the recognizable red Handmaid's robes & white bonnets from the Emmy-winning show the Handmaid's Tale. The event will feature a variety of speakers, some of whom will share powerful personal stories.
Who: Members of the Long Island Women’s Rights Coalition: Long Island Activists; ATLI (Action Together Long Island); Council for Black Long Islanders; Get2Work Long Island; Let’s Visit Lee Zeldin; Move Forward Long Island; National Coalition of 100 Black Women; National Organization of Women-Nassau County; New York 2nd District Democrats; Pantsuit Nation - Long Island Chapter; Show Up Long Island; South Shore Women’s Caucus; Together We Will-Long Island
What: Stop The War On Women - The Handmaid's Rally & Resist Event
When: October 14, 2017 - 1:00pm
Where: Senator Schumer's Office - 145 Pinelawn Road, Melville NY 11747