‘Under attack’: Advocates for safe, legal abortion rally in San Jose

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SAN JOSE (KRON) — Advocates of a nationwide effort dubbed “stop the bans,” rallied outside San Jose City Hall where they carried signs calling for the protection of safe, legal abortion as many a passing drivers honked their support.

“I am here because I want safe, informative health care to be available to women,” one demonstrator said.

The nationwide day of action rallies were sparked by recent action restricting access to abortions in Alabama and other states.

There were also dire warnings about the impact of the Trump Administration’s cuts in Title Ten federal funding to Planned Parenthood.

“What it means is we won’t be able to help women who don’t have access to health care otherwise, it means more people will go without care and it means poorer health outcomes for our community,” said Guadalupe Rodriguez with Planned Parenthood.

Supervisor Cindy Chavez on Tuesday called on her colleagues on the board to consider funding supplemental services to low-income and others who rely on title ten supported providers like Planned Parenthood.

“Making sure that Planned Parenthood and all our of our hospitals and clinics can keep their doors open to a full set of services and reproductive health care is critical,” Chavez said.

“Our right to abortion is under attack,” said one woman at the city hall rally. Signs read ‘my body, my choice,’ ‘we won’t go back’ and ‘it’s a woman’s right to choose.’

“I believe that all women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies,” said another demonstrator.

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