Idaho Women's March

Women are Fed Up and Fired Up!

2024

Idaho Women’s March

Saturday January 20 at 10am @ Idaho State Capitol

Give us Liberty or Leave Us Alone!

We are an inclusive, non-partisan gathering of girls, women and our supporters, focused on empowering voices in our community.

Women are Fed Up and Fired Up

Keep Mifepristone legal and accessible. The Supreme Court is set to permit states to ban Mifepristone  – a drug that’s proven safe and effective. If that happens, we must be prepared to act.

Prioritize Women's Health

Change the law to allow doctors to act to protect the health of the mother, not have to wait until her very life is at risk.

Idaho women's March 2017

2024 Action Plan

  • Show Up – Everyone come, let the legislature know we’re back!
  • Bring a pot and utensil to make noise in a first ever cacerolazo.
  • March down the middle of the street arm in arm with your sisters.

Women’s Healthcare is All of Our Issue

Decriminalize physician and healthcare professionals when providing medical standards of care.

The time is now to be outraged and at the deplorable condition of women’s health in Idaho. The time is now to fill the streets with women supporting women. The time is now for mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and uncles to support women’s health.

Speakers announced for the Idaho Women’s March

Organizers of the 2024 Idaho Women’s March have released the final list of speakers for this Saturday’s 10am event at the Idaho Statehouse.

As has become traditional for the Idaho Women’s March, this year’s event will feature several young speakers, including sixteen-year-old Yvonne Shen.

“I got involved with the Idaho Women’s March because there is so much to fight for,” Shen explained. “While we’ve come a long way when it comes to gender equality, we still have a long way to go, especially in Idaho.”

Women’s health and reproductive rights are central to this year’s Women’s March. But Shen and other speakers will also address additional issues.

“Most of us have heard about the challenges we’re facing with reproductive rights and healthcare, but there’s are also much more,” Shen said. “Gender issues are often intersectional with other issues like immigration, economic opportunity, and so many more. The Idaho Women’s March gives us an opportunity to make ourselves heard on issues we care about.”

Additional speakers include Ob/Gyn Dr. Cynthia Brooke, Idaho House Minority Leader, Ilana Rubel for Idaho, local minister, Sara LaWall, Idaho State Director of Planned Parenthood, @Misti DelliCarpini-Tolman, and high school students, Yuxuan Cheng, Lucius Alden and Uma Terpend.

Following the speeches, attendees will march through downtown Boise.

“For seven years, Idaho women have marched in January in snow, in bitter cold, and in sunshine to raise our voices for equality in Idaho,” said Nancy Harris, president of Idaho Women’s March. “This year we march to save women’s maternal and reproductive health. Idaho has some of the most draconian laws in the nation. We’re fed up and we’re fired up!”

Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and to bring signs and friends to the March. All supporters of equal rights are welcome to participate peacefully.

Here are Links to News Articles of Interest

Idaho women march at the capitol for more than just abortion rights

The Idaho Women’s march ..down the streets of downtown Boise, where hundreds gathered in front of the Idaho State Capitol on Jan. 20.

Minority house leader Representative Ilana Rubel gave a scathing indictment of the Idaho legislature on the steps of the capitol before the march began, calling Idaho one of the worst states when it comes to abortion laws.

Senate Bill 1229 was introduced on Jan. 20 to legislature, a bill that would remove rape and incest exceptions to Idaho’s already restrictive abortion bans.

While abortion rights were a large part of the discussion, with participants holding signs that said “Paws off my uterus (pervert)” and “abortion rights forever”, Rubel also condemned the Idaho State Legislature for letting the maternal mortality review committee to expire, making Idaho the only state without one. The crowd booed at several points during the speech, booing bills and the Idaho legislature as a whole.

“These perverse laws are likely to lead to the deaths of more pregnant women and maybe they didn’t want the committee collecting that data and publicizing it,” Rubel said during her speech. “We are also the only version in the state in the country that does not provide a year of postpartum medical coverage.”

For Rubel, and many others, Idaho’s failure to protect women’s health extends beyond the abortion laws. Rubel cited HB 381, a bill that would replace the word “fetus” with “pre born child” in Idaho law.

“That this is likely to end up blocking in vitro fertilization. Because apparently even if you want to be pregnant, the state and not you is the decider,” Reubel said in her speech.

Continue to the full article @ The Arbiter @ BSU

New bill would require study of Idaho maternal mortality

The Idaho Legislature could be taking steps to once again track maternal mortality data across the state after becoming the only state in the U.S. that does not review maternal death information over the summer.

Supreme Court can’t dodge abortion cases

The court will hear two cases on abortion this term, both dealing with a clash between federal law and the near-total abortion bans of red states. More cases are making their way through the legal system and likely will reach the Supreme Court.

Pregnant with no OB-GYNs around: In Idaho, maternity care became a casualty of its abortion ban

After an Idaho hospital closed its obstetrics department, pregnant women in the county have been left without nearby care. Their OB-GYNs fled the state.

Idaho Bans Out-of-State Abortions for Minors Without Parent’s Consent

The first-of-its-kind law imposes criminal penalties on anyone who helps a person under 18 leave the state for an abortion and classifies it as “abortion trafficking.”

As Abortion Laws Drive Obstetricians From Red States, Maternity Care Suffers

Some doctors who handle high-risk pregnancies are fleeing restrictive abortion laws. Idaho has been particularly hard hit.

Legal Actions Seek Guarantee of Abortion Access for Patients in Medical Emergencies

Her case is part of several legal challenges filed Tuesday involving patients and doctors in three states — Idaho, Tennessee and Oklahoma — who claim that those states’ abortion bans are preventing women with serious pregnancy complications from getting abortions, even in cases where the medical need is clear.

We Don’t Do That Here

Almost every state ban makes an exception when the pregnancy endangers the patient’s life, but three states — Idaho, North Dakota and Tennessee — have a stricter provision. In those states, the burden is on doctors to prove the patient’s life was in peril. In the other states, the burden would be on prosecutors to prove that it was not.

The Bear at the End of the Tunnel

It’s a This American Life story that begins as a story about a bear and in Act II it becomes a story about practicing medicine in Idaho.

Maternal Deaths by State Abortion Policy, 2018–2020

The differences among states are not limited to pregnancy-related deaths. As shown in Exhibit 6, overall death rates for women of reproductive age (15–44) in abortion-restriction states were 34 percent higher than in abortion-access states (104.5 vs. 77.9 per 100,000 people).

Idaho Coalition for Safe Healthcare

It’s a Facebook video of a conversation about women’s health. (It opens with 27 seconds of silence)

‘Our hearts hurt’: Men impacted by abortion restrictions share their stories

ABC News interviewed 18 women who say their medical care was impacted by bans.

The Fifth Circuit just made it even more dangerous to be pregnant in a red state

The Trumpiest court in America just tried to neutralize a federal law requiring most hospitals to provide medically necessary abortions.

Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Idaho’s Strict Abortion Ban

The court also temporarily reinstated the state law, which the Biden administration said conflicts with a federal statute on emergency-room care.

An Idaho College Removes Artwork About Abortion, Citing a State Law

Six works in a Lewis-Clark exhibition about health care were perceived to run afoul of a law that prohibits the use of state funds to “promote abortion” or “counsel in favor of abortion.”

Now Republicans Are Trying to Redefine Abortion Itself

If a woman in Idaho has a life-threatening pregnancy, state law dictates that the doctor must end the pregnancy in a way that provides “the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive,” which the State Supreme Court has interpreted to include performing a cesarean or vaginal delivery.

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