Thursday, May 4, 2017

Protecting Their Right to Choose

Women and men who want to protect women's right to make their own health care choices line the hallway in front of the Minnesota State Senate in the State Capitol.

We spent a lot of time at the Minnesota State Capitol during our trip back to the US in April and May. There were several protests at the Capitol that I wanted to cover including the Science March, May Day and a Planned Parenthood protest against the Minnesota State Senate GOP, which passed several laws to restrict women's rights to make their own health decisions. 

About 50 people responded to a last minute call by Planned Parenthood to come down to the Capitol and rally in the hallways in front of the State Senate. 
People chant in front of the Senate chambers.
A black and white photo of protesters made with my Pen F in the monochrome mode

At one point, more than 100 ecumenical progressive Christians joined the group. The Christians were in the Capitol to protest GOP efforts to roll back workers' rights protections (like sick leave and child care) that Twin Cities municipalities were passing as local ordinances. (This is a part of a national trend of state legislatures, controlled by Republicans, trying to roll back or prohibit local ordinances passed by Democratic city councils.) 

As expected, the State Senate passed the laws, which, as expected, were vetoed by Minnesota's Democratic Governor, Mark Dayton
A woman dressed as a "Handmaid" from Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" (and Hulu series) climbs the stairs to the Senate Chamber. Women dressed as Handmaid's are coming to more and more rallies for choice as the dystopian novel becomes more relevant with every passing day. 
Progressive Christians pass the Handmaid. 

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