Scores of women came to Morristown on Saturday to rally for women’s reproductive rights, as Women’s Marches across New Jersey and the nation demonstrated against bills in Texas and elsewhere that restrict access to abortions.
“I believe that religion is on the collective side of liberation and the collective side of well being. And we are here on behalf of the moral imperative to promote self-determination, safety, and the resources that are necessary for health and sustainability,” the Rev. Alison Miller of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship said from the steps of town hall.
Video: The Rev. Alison Miller addresses Women’s Reproductive Rights Rally, Morristown, Oct. 2, 2021. Video courtesy of Ela Ravin, via Facebook:
Activists bearing signs reading “Mind Your Own Uterus” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (damental Human Rights)” proceeded to the historic Morristown Green.
The marches came ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s reconvening on Monday. The high court has refused to strike down a Texas law that bans most abortions after a pregnancy reaches six weeks.
Similar measures are emerging in other states, and the Supreme Court is expected to rule in a Mississippi case that pro-choice advocates fear will overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established women’s abortion rights.
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The first Women’s March, in 2017, was a reaction to President Trump’s election. One of his legacies is a Supreme Court that is more conservative than the one before.
Thousands thronged Morristown for the Women’s March in 2018.
Across the Garden State, marches were scheduled Saturday in Basking Ridge, Montclair, Springfield, Hoboken, Red Bank, and at least five other municipalities, in addition to Morristown.
More than 650 marches in 50 states were planned, reported the New York Times.