Family Planning to Rally in Support of Women’s Rights
OTSEGO COUNTY — Family Planning of South Central New York will be among those braving the upstate New York cold in Cooperstown Jan. 21 to stand in solidarity with others gathering together across the nation — and around the world — to support, defend and further women’s rights.
The Otsego County Women’s Rally & Candlelight Vigil will be held just outside the Otsego County Offices, 197 Main St., Cooperstown, N.Y. on Saturday, Jan. 21, beginning at 4:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all.
The Otsego County event is among the hundreds of local “sister marches” planned to coincide with the national Women’s March on Washington the day after the presidential inauguration.
Debra Marcus, chief executive officer of Family Planning and one of the Otsego County rally’s keynote speakers, said all of these grassroots-led gatherings have been organized to send a clear message to the new administration: women’s rights are human rights.
“We now have a new Congress, and on Jan. 20 a new president, committed to defunding family planning organizations, imposing restrictions on access to contraception and abortion, and appointing justices to the Supreme Court who would turn the clock back on hard-won reproductive rights,” Marcus said.
She added that, just like the Jan. 21 rallies, these threats to protecting and enhancing women’s health care must be fought at both the national and local level.
“We have to think globally and act locally,” Marcus said.
To help protect and preserve local access to reproductive health care and education here in south central New York, donations to Family Planning will be collected at the Otsego County rally.
For more information on the Otsego County Women’s March & Vigil, visit its Facebook public event page: http://bit.ly/2jfVkYt.
Family Planning of South Central New York provides high quality, affordable family planning, related health care and education in Binghamton, Oneonta, Norwich, Sidney and Walton. All medical care is overseen by a Board Certified Gynecologist. Medical services may be free or on a sliding fee scale. Insurance and Medicaid are welcome. For more information, visit fpscny.org or call 607-723-8306.
Posted by Family Planning on Monday, January 16th, 2017 @ 12:32PM
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