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    Rally for Reproductive Justice 2011

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 21, 2012) - Advocates and supporters from around Arkansas will come together for the state's second Rally for Reproductive Justice this weekend.

    This year's theme is "Access. Equality. Power. Justice." and will bring together a variety of communities to support a full range of choices for women and families. 

    The rally is timed to correspond with the 39th anniversary of landmark reproductive rights Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade and will address a full range of reproductive justice issues facing women in Arkansas. These issues include comprehensive sex education, affordable healthcare, and legal and safe access to family planning services.

    The featured speaker will be Dr. Loretta Ross, founder of the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective and one of the first individuals to promote the concept of reproductive justice. Dr. Ross and other local speakers will join their voices with hundreds of Arkansans to send a unified, peaceful message in support of reproductive justice for women in Arkansas and across the nation.

    The rally will take place on Saturday, January 21st at the Arkansas State Capitol at 1:00pm and will be interpreted in American Sign Language.

    The event is sponsored by the Little Rock chapter of the National Organization for Women, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, and the Little Rock branch of the American Association of University Women.

    For more information, contact Christina Mullinax at 501.352.5328 or by email at reproductivejusticerally@gmail.com.

    According to the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, "The reproductive justice framework - the right to have children, not have children, and to parent the children we have in safe and healthy environments -- is based on the human right to make personal decisions about one's life, and the obligation of government and society to ensure that the conditions are suitable for implementing one's decisions."

    Arkansas Right to Life will be holding their own rally against abortion on Sunday at the State Capital. 

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