#StopTheBans Rally Speech

This speech was given at the Stop The Bans rally in support of abortion access on May 21, 2019, at the Minnesota Capitol in Saint Paul.

Photo by Ho Nguyen 

My name is Angelica Perez and I’m here with Our Justice. Our Justice funds abortions for people seeking care in Minnesota.

After years of pushing abortion care out of reach for people on the margins – especially for poor women, young folks, transgender people, and Black and Indigenous people of color – now anti-abortion politicians are rushing through a wave of outright bans.

But we – women, people of color, immigrants – know what it’s like to face impossible odds. We are resilient, and we’ve been fighting for ourselves and each other, for generations. We will not back down!

Today we act in solidarity to ensure our neighbors in the South have access to abortion care, as we continue to fight for Minnesotans who struggle to access care right here!

One of the most radical acts of economic and reproductive justice an individual can take is to fund abortions, so before you go to bed tonight donate funds in Southern states like the Yellowhammer Fund in Alabama, Access Reproductive Care- Southeast in Georgia, and support Our Justice right here in Minnesota.

Together we can create a future where we all have the dignity and respect to determine our own paths.