HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) – In the intense heat, residents of Christian counties and surrounding areas gathered on the stairs of the Christian County Justice Center this morning for a rally dedicated to women’s rights.
Rallies, marches and protests have erupted across the country since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade last month. The decision, ending a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, was met with both joy and sorrow. However, the argument goes beyond abortions and is more about a woman’s right to choose.
Women and allies from all walks of life in every state have taken to the streets to make their voices heard since the decision was made. The women of Hopkinsville have chosen the 4th of July as a day to raise their voices.
Holding this rally on Independence Day sends a poignant message. Attendants actively chose to abandon wearing red, white and blue to make a statement about losing freedom of choice.
Pam Dossett, the organizer of the rally, said: “If we are not considered full citizens if we are second class citizens, then we cannot fully celebrate our liberties and liberties.
With her own daughters, Dossett admits she had taken her right to choose for granted, but worries for them and other women what it might mean for the future. She fears that this reversal of a woman’s right to choose is only the beginning of the removal of other rights. Not just for women, but for many other citizens of our country.
“We call it a women’s rally, but we know that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is just the beginning,” she said.
As the November election approached, there were voter registration and information posts at the rally. Sheila Smith-Anderson, activist and speaker at the rally, said, “Don’t… don’t sleep on another election. Let’s not let our freedoms go by. Today is the 4th of July, please stand up for that freedom to vote and let no more freedom be taken away from us.
In 1979, the United Nations adopted an International Bill of Rights for Women called the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
The treaty dealt with the rights of women to be free from domestic and sexual violence. It also guarantees the right to equal treatment in education, employment and access to health care.
Former President Jimmy Carter signed it on July 17, 1980, but it was never brought before the full Senate for a vote. In 2010, the Obama administration expressed its support for the treaty’s ratification but did not take the necessary steps to obtain it.
The treaty was referenced by Idalia Luna, executive director of the Commission on Human Rights: “We have signed international human rights law that protects women from this gender-based violence and we must honor our treaties. We must be the beacon that we call ourselves to be of the world. We must be the leaders we say we are and we must respect our treaties and our contracts. »
Currently, the fight for abortion access is headed to the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The Kentucky trigger law that went into effect when Roe v. Wade has been canceled has been stalled since last Thursday.
Abortions in the Commonwealth will remain legal until the ACLU and the state return to court on Wednesday to discuss whether or not the state constitution guarantees a woman’s right to an abortion.
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