“My womb is my womb,” said Councilmember Deborah Rose. “No one tells me what to do with my womb.” That was the sentiment throughout the Rally for Women’s Health on Saturday in Foley Square, as thousands gathered around the fittingly named Triumph of Human Spirit sculpture to fight against proposed legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, make abortions inaccessible, and cut Title X (The Family Planning Program).
Many women depend on Planned Parenthood for their health care—for cancer screenings, family planning, even free condoms. The organization offers safe and cheap care to help those who can’t afford more.
Speakers included musicians, politicians, and activists, both male and female, who recalled times when Planned Parenthood had helped them, whether by providing an abortion, diagnosing an infection, or raising a child.
Chants rang throughout the rally, which reached the steps of the U.S. Courthouse, stemming both from the crowd and the speakers. “Heath care is a must! Planned Parenthood’s there for us!”