On Saturday, October 1, community speaking engagements in many U.S. cities, including Aurora, will highlight issues related to reproductive health and family needs of Latinos and Native Americans.
With a unified national theme, “¡Rosie Jiménez, presente! Reproductive justice for all!”, actions will remember a young Chicana mother who, in October 1977, died of an unsafe abortion after the Hyde Amendment cut federal funds for the procedure.
The rallies will also address continuing issues of forced sterilization and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality rates. And they will draw attention to a challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act that will be before the United States Supreme Court in session that begins October 3. This law requires that Native American homes be given priority for the placement and adoption of Native children.
The National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice works with local sponsors to organize rallies in New York, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco and Aurora, Illinois.
The Aurora event begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Water Street Mall, 44 E. Downer Place. It is sponsored by Indivisible Aurora and Illinois Radical Women.
Local event organizer Mary Ann Curtis said: “The tragic death of Rosie Jiménez shows how poor people and women of color are hardest hit when reproductive care and bodily autonomy are refused.”
She said the rallies will address reproductive justice as a broad range of issues, including separation of borders for immigrant families, affordable childcare, and an end to bigotry and homophobia/transphobia.