Two years after overturning of Roe v. Wade, Greenfield rally to call attention to ‘war on women’

The rally will take place on Sunday, June 23, at noon, in the sanctuary of the Second Congregational Church, located at 16 Court Square in Greenfield.

The rally will take place on Sunday, June 23, at noon, in the sanctuary of the Second Congregational Church, located at 16 Court Square in Greenfield. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By CHRIS LARABEE

Staff Writer

Published: 06-20-2024 1:54 PM

GREENFIELD — To mark the second anniversary of the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated the constitutional right to abortion, numerous area activist groups are holding a rally to call attention to “the war on women.”

The rally will take place on Sunday, June 23, at noon, in the sanctuary of the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square. The public is invited to listen to speakers addressing a series of interconnecting topics, including democracy, the college protests that erupted this spring, the war in Gaza and its impact on women and the Supreme Court.

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that the U.S. Constitution does not confer a right to abortion and returned regulatory authority of abortions to individual states. The decision overruled Roe v. Wade, which struck down many abortion laws in 1973.

“We want to bring attention to what’s happening in what we consider to be a war on women,” said Sunderland resident Susan Triolo, an organizer of the event. “We feel the Dobbs decision is the tip of the iceberg of an overall attack on women. … They’re trying to roll back the clock on abortion and birth control, they’re coming for marriage equality.”

Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution and its Reproductive Justice Task Force are the event’s main sponsors, while the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice, Western Mass CodePink, Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass, River Valley Democratic Socialists of America, Amherst Young Feminist Party and the Western Mass Area Labor Federation are co-sponsoring the rally.

Montague resident and Traprock board member Patricia Hynes will serve as the keynote speaker at the rally, while lawyer John Bonifaz, Greenfield-based union activist Dave Cohen, University of Massachusetts Amherst associate professor Kevin Young and Jewish Voice for Peace member Kaia Jackson will serve as additional speakers.

“Controlling women’s rights to their own body is not about the unborn’s right to life,” Hynes said in a statement. “It is a war on women’s freedom and power over her own life.”

Along with the speakers, Triolo said they will have an action plan they are going to share with people, which focuses on several pieces of legislation regarding health care protections for women. Items include requesting legislators support bill S.2686, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, and other bills regarding the support of doula care and protecting consumer health data.

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“The action we’re going to be asking people to take revolves around care and justice for women and pregnant people, so they’ll be protected in the state of Massachusetts,” Triolo said.

The rally is one of 13 being held across the state this weekend from Cape Cod to Williamstown marking the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Organizing the series of standouts is the Indivisible Massachusetts Coalition.

A rally will also be held in Northampton on Saturday, June 22, at City Hall, 210 Main St., from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com.