Many of us watched, horrified, as events unfolded across the country this summer in states like Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Dakota, where legislators made deep cuts to family planning and support programs. Many of us, advocates for reproductive rights, want to make our voices heard in advance of the Kentucky 2014 legislative session. We will not tolerate midnight votes trying to push through anti-woman, anti-family legislation.
Reproductive rights for American families are under attack. It’s time to tell our elected officials that “Kentucky families deserve better.” Join us on Saturday, November 2nd for the Kentucky Road Rally for Reproductive Rights, when we will roll into Frankfort to rally on the Capitol steps at 1:00 PM.
That morning, Saturday, November 2nd, reproductive rights supporters from across the state will meet in their locales to decorate cars for the rolling rally, traveling as a caravan into Frankfort to meetup with like-minded Kentuckians from across the Commonwealth. Following the rally, there will be a tailgating celebration where rally participants can learn more about supporting organizations, like the Kentucky Religous Coalition for Reproductive Choice (KRCRC), the ACLU of Kentucky, The A Fund, and the Louisville Clinic Escorts.
We are rallying around four main points of concern:
- Comprehensive Sex Education
Research shows that teens who receive comprehensive sex education are more likely to delay first sex, and to use contraceptives when they do become sexually active, than those who receive abstinence-only information.1
- Contraception Access
Contraceptive use helps avoid HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and reduces the need for abortion, in addition to its family planning benefits.2 However, pharmacists’ refusal to provide birth control has been reported in at least 24 states.3
- Access to Abortion Services
In the United States, 87% of counties lack an abortion provider; 35% of women live in those counties.4 In Kentucky, only two of the 120 counties have an abortion provider, and 77% of Kentucky women live outside those two counties.
- Family Support Services
The Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) provides access to quality child care for low-income, pre-school-aged children while their parents work or attend education and training programs. Cuts to this program resulted in 8,700 families losing access to quality child care this year, according to state estimates, and an additional 2,900 children will be turned away from the program each month.
Register for the rally on the website, kyroadrally.org. Additional information and engagement can be found on the event’s Facebook page, facebook.com/kyroadrally, or Twitter feed, twitter.com/kyroadrally. Tweet with hashtag #kyr4.
1Lindberg, Laura Duberstein, PhD, and Isaac Maddow-Zimet. “Consequences of Sex Education on Teen and Young Adult Sexual Behaviors and Outcomes.” Journal of Adolescent Health. 51.4 (2012): 332–338. Print.
2“Family Planning.” World Health Organization Family Planning Fact Sheet 351. World Health Organization. Web. May 2013.
3“Pharmacy Refusals 101.” National Women’s Law Center Resources. Web. April 12, 2012.
4Jones RK and Kooistra K, Abortion incidence and access to services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1):41–50.