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Editorial: Need for abortion-rights vigilance

  • Yemani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, speaks at Hampshire College in Amherst on Saturday. STEPHANIE MURRAY 


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A gathering Saturday at Hampshire College in Amherst highlights concerns that reproductive rights for women face erosion during the Trump administration, 44 years after Roe v. Wade legalized abortion.

About 100 people gathered in the Red Barn for the annual event sponsored by the Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts commemorating that landmark Supreme Court decision.

Mary Russo, president of that group, said, “We are under attack. We will persist and we will resist,” pointing to the Our Bodies Our Justice rally Saturday in Springfield, which focused attention on the potential defunding of Planned Parenthood.

Yemani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, spoke Saturday at Hampshire about the importance of preserving reproductive rights for all women, regardless of their income level or race. “Our plans are to get bigger, smarter, stronger and louder — and leave no one behind,” she said.

Voices of activists like Russo and Hernandez are a reminder of the vigilance required in these times to protect the rights guaranteed by Roe v. Wade.