Wichita, KS –On Saturday, April 28, rallies and marches to Unite against the War on Women will happen across the country. Trust Women, of Wichita, Kansas, will join in the Oklahoma City March to Unite against the War on Women. Trust Women Founder & Executive Director, Julie Burkhart will speak at the rally following the march. The Kansas March will be in Topeka at 11AM at the Brown vs. the Board of Education Building and proceed toward the capitol where there will be a rally.
Women’s reproductive rights are increasingly compromised by anti-women, anti-family planning leaders across the country. Presidential candidates, current elected officials and political pundits alike continually attack family planning methods and the women who use them. And, state legislators have been pushing legislation that threatens the right of pregnant women to make their own decisions concerning their health, family and pregnancies.
“No matter the political climate, or which way the pendulum currently swings, women need access to reproductive healthcare and services,” commented Burkhart, “No matter who is in office; women need access to birth control. Making it difficult for women to access needed medication and healthcare endangers the health of women and our communities.”
Burkhart continues this theme in her speech, to be given at the Oklahoma City March to Unite against the War on Women rally. The speech will include this language: “The realm of reproductive rights is much more than abortion, much more than political talking points and sensationalized headlines. It’s about the worth of a woman and the continuum of fertility and pregnancy. This is what we fight for every day.
When thinking about legislating reproductive rights, whether contraception, birthing rights or abortion, the question central to the discussion should be this: does this show trust in the ability and right of a woman to make her own decision? Unfortunately, we know that most lawmakers do not consider women. And we applaud those who have the courage to consider women.”
“These nationwide marches acknowledge that women are watching. The marches are about realizing that the interconnected rights allowing women to live safe, healthy, happy lives of their own choosing are threatened. When a woman’s reproductive freedom is restricted, so is her financial freedom. So is her health. So is her ability to fully participate in her community. Women make up half of this country and it is time to remind our representatives that they must represent us, too,” continued Burkhart.