January 11, 2017 – Kimberly D’Urso is the president of Citizens for Choice, a reproductive healthcare education and services organization which serves Nevada County. She is a two-time Democratic National Delegate for President Barack Hussein Obama. On behalf of Citizens for Choice, she will participate in the Women’s March on Washington, DC, on January 21st, 2017, while board members Sharon O’Hara and Debra Worth, and Public Policy Director, Elaine Sierra, will participate in the March at the State Capitol, in Sacramento, California.
“Participating in the Women’s March on Washington is a great honor,” said Ms. D’Urso. “This vision of women mobilizing and stepping into leadership will soon be a reality. In my heartbeat, I hear the echo of thousands of feet marching, and I hear our voices rising up against the rhetoric of 2016. This is what a powerful movement looks like. This is no surprise. We women are the unifiers and the storytellers, and it is our time to shine and rise.
My purpose in DC is to be of service, witness, and share our story with all who will listen. I stand for the equality, justice and freedom of all women (and all people) of all colors and all creeds. May we stand unified and in peace on January 21st. “
We just cannot turn back the clock on women’s reproductive rights. Citizens for Choice stands for women and their reproductive rights. With the recent and growing attacks on Planned Parenthood, and women’s reproductive rights, through legislation in various states, the nomination of Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General is on our radar and sounding a loud alarm.
In a Sacramento Bee article, Clair Lipschultz, representative of the National Council of Jewish Women, writes re the nomination of Jeff Sessions for U.S. Attorney General:
“With Sessions nominated to be the chief lawyer of the country, we are at serious risk of crossing back to the dark side of that divide.
States have been considering and passing laws and regulations to make it virtually impossible for many women to freely make this most personal decision. Falling hardest on women struggling to make ends meet, barriers to abortion access force women to overcome obstacles from transportation, time off work and overnight stays if they must travel to neighboring states for care.
The U.S. attorney general needs to protect women’s rights established in Roe v. Wade. Yet Sessions’ record suggests he will do the opposite. During his 20 years in the Senate he cast 86 of 87 votes against abortion and other reproductive rights issues. They include:
▪ Repeatedly voting against a resolution in support of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s constitutional right to safe and legal abortion services.
▪ Voting to deny abortion coverage to women based on their income or insurance.
▪ Repeatedly voting to defund Planned Parenthood health centers and/or other family-planning clinics.
▪ Voting against protecting reproductive health providers from violence.
If these actions and many others leave any doubt as to how Sessions as attorney general could impact women if confirmed, look to his own words: “I firmly believe that Roe v. Wade and its descendants represent one of the worse, colossally erroneous Supreme Court decisions of all time.”
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article124737094.html#storylink=cpy
If you would like to participate in the Sacramento Women’s March on Washington, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1608790356081772/
If you would like to participate in DC: https://www.womensmarch.com/
As always, please contact me any time to be involved with Citizens for Choice locally: Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org