Choosing Rights

By: Alana Adams
By: Alana Adams

"All over this land, I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer our a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land"

Peter, Paul and Mary released this song years ago, singing to those choosing to stand up and be heard, even if it wasn't accepted.

Sunday, the song opened the forum inviting people to learn why choices should not be limited and how education is a wonderful tool.

Gail Bradbury is the director of Recycle Services for Domestic Violence Inc. She also organized the local forum.

"Women and men, in our age group early on, women's reproductive rights were not there for us. We had to fight for them and marching was one of the things we did in our youth," says Gail.

Harriett Myers is one of the speakers. She says when you take the politics out of the picture; all you have left is a choice.

"If they do not have control of their own body, if women's bodies are controlled by the government, then they just don't have freedom,” says Harriet.

Bradbury says most of the people here have spoken out at one point, now it's time for others to take over.

"I think young women today take their choice for granter and I think there's a real danger in that,” says Bradbury.

Abortion was not the only focus at the forum, instead just opened the dialogue to other issues threatening women’s’ lives.

Valerie Mincy, the education director at the Bay AIDS Services Coalition, spoke about the need to talk about issues to prevent discrimination or a stigma getting attached.

"HIV and AIDS is devastating to women and the lives, not only affect the children that are born to the women, but women who have been in long-term relationships."

Mincy says women were left out of the HIV/AIDS prevention picture, and now women make up the majority of new HIV positive patients.

"All over this land, I'd hammer out danger, I'd hammer out a warning, I'd hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters all over this land."


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