Kimberly Inez McGuire of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health spoke about the Latino community’s views on abortion.
“We stand with women on this issue today,” McGuire said. “Despite the persistent and unfortunate myth making around Latinos’ cultural, political, and religious beliefs, the data is clear our community is supportive and getting more supportive everyday.”
According to McGuire, the majority of Latinos are “pro-choice” and were “instrumental in getting pro-choice politicians” in office.
She urged that the “pro-choice” movement must grow to embrace more groups and voices.
The lone anti-abortion activist continued to shout about life throughout the speakers’ comments to the gathering.
Allison Stouffer, the vice president of DC NOW, spoke about the personal aspects of abortion.
“As a woman, the issue of choice is extremely personal to me and often evokes countless thoughts and feelings — from outrage to frustration — over the legislative attempts to reduce choices. …”
“It is painfully evident how the pro-life movement portrays our fight for reproductive resources. Their attacks are insular, shallow and offensive.”
“NOW affirms that women’s access to the full range of reproductive health services — including safe, legal and affordable abortion care and birth control — is integral to women’s ability to participate equally in our society,” Terry O’Neill, the president of NOW, said in an earlier statement announcing the rally.
“Roe v. Wade has helped improve women’s status in the U.S. and saved countless women’s lives,” she added.