Thursday, March 21, 2013

Abortion Speakout

Women rebuffed from speaking at abortion hearings. 
(The New York Times, Friday , February 14, 1969)

On this day in 1969: the Redstockings held an “abortion speakout” to protest restrictive abortion laws

In early 1969 New York state legislators were holding hearings on abortion laws. When the radical feminist group the Redstockings protested that the panel of experts consisted of 14 men and one nun, the hearings were moved behind closed doors. On March 21 the Redstockings began holding a series of abortion speakouts—public consciousness-raising sessions in which women shared their experiences with illegal abortions and giving up children for adoption and their desire to control their own bodies. The action changed the abortion debate from being only about cases of rape, incest, or birth defects to the right of women to control their own bodies.

P.S. This is the panel that testified before Congress in hearings held in 2012 on birth control benefits:

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