Happy International Women’s Day
March 8, 2012
Today is International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the achievements and contributions of women and girls around the world. And while there have been great strides to celebrate in the more than 100 years since International Women’s Day was established, it’s hard to ignore the current attacks on women and our autonomy.
As Toronto Star columnist and friend of NAF Heather Mallick wrote today:
Clearly the fight isn’t over. In states where some of the worst abortion restrictions have been recently introduced, women and our allies have organized, protested the state houses, and drawn national attention to this war on women. Women in Canada have been champions for those facing barriers to abortion access and are fighting to ensure that the abortion debate isn’t re-opened. Our provider members in Mexico City are expanding women’s access to abortion care as they prepare to celebrate five years of legalized abortion. We know the work that NAF and our members do every day not only preserves women’s health and saves women’s lives, but it empowers women to make the choices that are right for themselves and their families…and that’s something to celebrate. So happy International Women’s Day! Today, as we are reminded of the accomplishments of women around the world, we should also be reenergized to fight the attacks on women and our access to abortion care.