To fight the horrible stigma that constantly follows a woman's right to choose abortion, one organization is bringing together thousands of women to shed light on their stories — and even better, you'll be able to stream the 1 In 3 Abortion Speakout to hear these women's personal experiences. This negative stigma surrounding abortion and the people who choose it persists, despite the fact that a whopping one out of three women chooses to exercise her right to get an abortion according to the Guttmacher Institute. Advocates for Youth has organized their second annual speakout to unite over 100 speakers with an estimated 15,000 viewers. And watching the live stream is easy: Simply go to the campaign's website once the speakout starts today at 12 p.m EST until 6:00 p.m. EST. You can also find it livestreamed on Bitch Media, ThinkProgress , and RH Reality Check .
Some of the speakers today include President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Cecile Richards, members of the artist and activist group Colored Girls Hustle, and Rep. Tim Ryan, a member of Congress. The timing is perfect, as in just a few days, on Jan. 22, we will celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the history-making Roe v. Wade ruling, which came to be considered as the ruling that made abortion legal nationwide.
Additionally, the Supreme Court is currently preparing to hear Whole Women's Health v. Cole. This case is proving to be monumental, challenging the legislation that has severely limited women's access to abortion in Texas. (In 2013, a new bill passed that ultimately took the number of clinics and doctors providing abortion in Texas from 40 to 10.) Opening arguments are set to begin on March 2.
Be sure to tune in to the speakout. It's certain to be a victorious day for women everywhere. If you'd like more information about the 1 in 3 Campaign, you can also visit their Facebook page.
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