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40 organizations protest in front of White House on International Women’s Day

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Steve Lee, Editor
LGBT Weekly
Washington
Wilmarie Ríos Jaime Phone: (202) 754-8811 Email: wilmarie@latinainstitute.org

This article was originally posted on lgbtweekly.com

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today,  the National LGBTQ Task Force joined 40 national organizations in taking part in a protest in front of the White House against President Donald Trump’s global gag rule. Trump’s global gag rule, one of the first actions he took as president, is a massive expansion  of a failed policy that prohibits non-U.S. organizations that receive U.S. funding from providing, referring, or even mentioning abortion services.

“On International Women’s Day we must rally together to resist the Trump administration and its deadly policies like the Global Gag  rule—a de facto ban of comprehensive reproductive health care internationally. Stand up, sit in, and speak out! Engage in democracy, because it’s ours to protect,” said Candace Bond-Theriault, National LGBTQ Task Force Policy Counsel, who spoke during today’s  demonstration.

The protest was organized by Abortion Care Network; Advocates for Youth; Amnesty International USA; AVAC; Black Women for Wellness, Catholics for Choice, Center for Health and Gender Equity, Feminist Majority Foundation, Global Fund for Women, Global Justice Center, HEALTH GAP Global Access Project, Ibis Reproductive Health; International Planned Parenthood Federation; International Planned  Parenthood Federation – Western Hemisphere Region, International Women’s Health Coalition; In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda; Ipas; Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum; Muslims for Progressive Values; NARAL Pro-Choice America;  National Abortion Federation; National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum; National Center for Lesbian Rights; National Council of Jewish Women; National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health; National LGBTQ Task Force, National Organization for Women, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, Orchid Project, Physicians for Reproductive Choice; Population Connection Action Fund; Population Institute; Promundo-US; Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; Rise and Resist; SisterReach; SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW; UltraViolet; Washington Peace Center; and WIN.