Taking to the Streets for Reproductive Justice

This Saturday, groups across the network will be rallying for reproductive rights. Check out the list below for information on what’s happening in your area. Mobilizing for reproductive rights is not new to the ROP network. In 2018, Ballot Measure 106 tried to amend the Oregon constitution to prevented public employees and working-class people, including those on Oregon Health Plan, from accessing abortion and related reproductive services. Rural Oregonians talked to their neighbors, shared the STAND election guide far and wide and this measure was overwhelmingly defeated!

Earlier this month we wrote about the Right’s relentless whittling away of Roe v. Wade and the Supreme Court declining a stay to Texas’ SB8 which allows anyone to sue anyone involved in providing abortion care more than 6 weeks after conception. Oregonians were not alone in our outrage and the Women’s March issued a national call to mobilize and defend on Saturday, October 2nd, to send a clear message to the Supreme Court and lawmakers around the country that these attacks on reproductive rights will not be tolerated. 

Oregon itself does not have any major legal restriction on abortion but access to these services remains a serious barrier. 78% of Oregon counties have NO abortion providers! Not to mention, many people can’t access abortion care due to lack of insurance coverage, lack of transportation, work, or caregiving obligations. Do you live in a county with no abortion providers? Does organizing around reproductive justice inspire you to take action in your community? Reach out to your local ROP organizer or monicap@rop.org, we would love to brainstorm with you!

Planning an action in your community? Here are some tips from the ROP network:

1. Make a Safety Plan: Counter-protesters are always a possibility when we organize in public. Use this event safety planning questionnaire, watch this training on de-escalation for organizers, and reach out to your local ROP organizer or monicap@rop.org if you want to talk through your plan.

2. Bring a sign-in sheet! This is a great opportunity to meet potential new group members! Designate someone from your group to be part of the “welcome wagon” and greet everyone who comes with a warm welcome and an invitation to sign up! That way you can keep in touch with people you meet after the event. 

3. Tell us how it went! Reach out to your local ROP organizer or monicap@rop.org with an update on how it went! Send us photos, videos, or success stories so we can share them with the network. Don’t see your event listed below? Let us know what you’re planning and we can share it out over social media!

Benton County

Women’s March 11 am Saturday, Oct 2 at Central Park, Corvallis.

Clatsop County

National Women’s March for Reproductive Rights, 12 pm at Astoria Post Office.

Columbia County

Columbia County Women’s March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Heritage Park, Scappoose.

Coos County

Rally for Women’s/LGBTQ+ Rights 3 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at the Coos Bay Boardwalk, Coos Bay.

Crook County

Women’s Right to Choose March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Pioneer Park, Prineville.

Curry County

Women’s March 12pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Battle Rock Park, Port Orford.

Deschutes County

Bend Women’s March: Rally for Abortion Justice 12 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Harmon Park, Bend.

Bans Off Our Bodies – Redmond, Oregon Solidarity March 10 am Saturday, Oct 2 at Centennial Park. 725 SW Evergreen Ave Redmond, OR 97756.

Douglas County

Rally/March in Protest of Texas’ Extremist Anti-Abortion Law 11 am Saturday, Oct 2nd at the SE corner of Garden Valley and Stewart Parkway, Roseburg.

Gilliam County

Women’s March for Body Sovereignty 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Condon City Park, Condon.

Hood River County

Solidarity Womxns March 11 am Saturday, Oct 2 at Hood River County Library and Georgiana Smith Park, Hood River.

Jackson County

Women’s March – March for Reproductive Rights 10 am Saturday, Oct 2 at the Downtown Plaza, Ashland.

Reproductive Rights March, 12 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Medford Planned Parenthood, Medford.

Josephine County

Rally for Abortion Rights 11 am Saturday, Oct 2 at the Josephine County Courthouse, Grants Pass.

Klamath County

Women’s March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at City Hall, Klamath Falls.

Lane County

March for Our Rights 11 am Saturday, Oct 2 at Opal Whiteley Park, Cottage Grove.

Eugene Women’s Reproductive Rights March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at the Courthouse 125 E. 8th Ave, Eugene, OR 97402.

Women’s Rights March 1 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at City Hall, Florence.

Lincoln County

Lincoln City Women’s March 11 am Saturday, Oct 2 at “D” River Wayside, Lincoln City.

Marion County

Reproductive Justice Slam/Slam de Justicia Reproductiva 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Pringle Park, Salem.

Tillamook County

Women’s March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at the Corner of Hwy 101 and 7th St, Nehalem.

Umatilla County

Women’s March Car Caravan 3:15 pm on Saturday, Oct 2nd at Roy Raley Ice Rink, Pendleton.

Union County

Women’s March for Social Change 12 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at City Hall, La Grande.

Washington County

Sherwood Oregon Women’s March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at City Hall, Sherwood.

Tigard Oregon Women’s March 2 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Public Works Building, Tigard.

Yamhill County

Women’s March! 12 pm Saturday, Oct 2 at Kent L Taylor Civic Hall, McMinnville.

Did we miss your community’s event? Let us know by emailing monicap@rop.org