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Women’s rights in jeopardy

I would like to make it known that about 35 Mills women are
being sent by the college to Washington D.C. for the April 25 March
for Women which stands for “choice, justice, access, health,
abortion, and global and family planning.” I commend President
Holmgren and the administration of Mills for taking such a strong
stance in such an influential and controversial political matter by
choosing to invest the time and money to organize a Mills presence
at this event. At an institution focused on the education and
well-being of women, this is undoubtedly a key time to be rallying
for women’s rights.

With the signing of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003,
President Bush definitely has his very biased and contradictory
foot in the door as far as restricting the rights of women.
Although this particular ban did not make all abortions illegal,
this is obviously his goal. In the speech he made before signing
the ban, he stated that “the right of life cannot be granted or
denied by government.” What a convoluted and hypocritical man we
mistakenly have in control of our country.

Bush also said that the abortion issue should be handled outside
the realm of politics, while he proceeded to do exactly that. As we
all know, abortion is definitely still on the political front
burner, and the March for Women is a major event as far as standing
up to the political figures who are trying to take control of our
own bodies out of our hands.

The march is organized by seven major organizations: American
Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America,
Black Women’s Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, Naral
Pro-Choice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive
Health, and the National Organization for Women.

Mills women will join in the fight for women’s right to
reproductive health at a time when it is so crucial that our voices
be heard. Thank you Mills and President Jan!