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4) Protest The Old-Fashioned Way
This Thursday, Senate Democratic women will march on the Senate Floor, demanding extension of 1994's Violence Against Women Act, a measure in danger of being rejected by Senate conservatives. Among a range of other services provided to victims of domestic abuse and stalking, this year the act contains provisions for illegal immigrants who suffer the same treatment, allowing them a temporary visa in the United States. And Republicans are having none of that.
“This is part of a larger effort, candidly, to cut back on rights and services to women,” Senator Dianne Feinstein told the New York Times. “We’ve seen it go from discussions on Roe v. Wade, to partial birth abortion, to contraception, to preventive services for women. This seems to be one more thing.”
But even if you're not a member of the Senate, you can still voice your opposition to these efforts. On Monday, hundreds of women in Georgia protested two bills that would prevent healthcare providers from covering abortion and birth control. And, earlier this month, 17 women and 14 men were arrested outside of the Virginia Capitol while protesting a bill that would require women seeking abortions to receive transvaginal ultrasounds. On March 13, the "Mad As Hell" rally gathered at the Wisconsin state capitol to demonstrate their anger regarding three pending anti-abortion and abstinence-only education bills. Nothing says, "nice try, bonehead," like showing up on your legislators' doorstep (hopefully already warmed by a fuzzy knit uterus).