Women's March draws hundreds to Hudson
Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media a couple hundred people turned out in Hudson Oct. 2 for a rally in support of women's reproductive rights. Speakers spoke out against recent legislation in Texas that significantly limits a woman's right to choose and called for voters to advocate, speak out, and vote for candidates that support abortion rights. During the rally, held in Hudson's Public Square, the Rev. Kim Singletary urged the crowd to advocate for reproductive justice. “America, we can’t go back. We won’t go back,” Singletary said. She called for broader shifts in society that she said would do more to limit the numbers of abortions performed in the U.S. State Assemblymember Didi Barrett noted the battle for abortion rights has been ongoing for decades. “This is the issue that never goes away,” Barrett said. “Forty years ago, we were fighting similar battles,... Choice was on the ascent, not on the descent. And now here we are, 40 years later, fighting the same battle but with fewer allies and this is totally unacceptable,” she said. Supporters in the crowd carried signs reading, “Protect Roe v. Wade 1973,” “Protect Women’s Health, Defund Texas Republicans,” “Someone You Love May Need a Choice” and “My Body, My Choice/My Freedom, My Voice.” The Women’s March is a women-led national movement. Similar demonstrations were held nationwide on Saturday, and locally in Woodstock, Kingston, and Albany. NOTE: The Rev. Kim Singletary is a WGXC volunteer programmer. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.