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We had to organize to keep the clinics open

Women’s March on Washington — Trump Inauguration Weekend — January 2017

The Reagan years were an era of intensified attacks on women's rights, but resistance built from the grassroots stood up to the anti-choicers, writes Elizabeth Schulte:

An anti-abortion Republican in the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court within one vote of overturning Roe v. Wade, and anti-choice zealots attacking women's clinics--in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the stakes were high for women's right to choose abortion.

And the battle was taking place in the streets of many U.S. cities, after hundreds of anti-abortion protesters descended on clinic facilities, determined to shut them down.

Randall Terry, leader of the extremist anti-choice organization Operation Rescue, claimed the crusade used the peaceful disobedience tactics of the civil rights movement in the interest of "saving unborn children."

But there was nothing "peaceful" or "civil" about their movement--or their goal of reversing women's right to abortion and making decisions about their own lives.Read more

Trump made America protest again

Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017
They came to Washington, D.C., by the hundreds and thousands packing trains, buses, vans, and cars.

They washed over streets and through parks as a torrent of humanity flooded into the National Mall to express their rage and sadness at the new presidency of Donald Trump—but also their joy at finding one another.

Similar scenes were repeated in cities and towns across the U.S., making January 21, 2017, the largest day of protest in American history—over 3.3 million people and counting, according to an Internet attempt to gather information on all of the protests.

And there were hundreds of thousands more marching around the globe, all seven continents, even Antarctica—from Berlin to Buenos Aires to Bangkok, from London to Lisbon, and from Rome to Rabat.

After a presidential campaign that put the question of sexual assault front and center, one that most people figured would end with the inauguration of the first woman president, it was President Donald Trump who took the oath of office on January 20, to the dread and revulsion of many millions of people.

So it was only appropriate that millions upon millions of people raised their voices in a collective cry of outrage at the inauguration of a brutish, boastful sexual predator as commander in chief.Read more