THE WOMEN’S network of the new socialist Rise coalition will hold a demonstration tomorrow (Saturday 13 February) in response to threats by an anti-choice group to picket a Glasgow Hospital.
The rally, open to all regardless of party affiliation, will be held at the steps of the Glasgow Royal Concert hall at 1pm.
The demonstration follows claims by a group of anti-abortion rights campaigners, ’40 Days for Life’,in January that they will bring US style anti-choice protests to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow.
“There should be no room for negotiating a reduction in abortion rights in this country.” Cat Boyd
“By advocating for the criminalisation of abortion, they are attacking and undermining women’s rights. We want to send a message to ’40 Days for Life’ and other anti-abortion groups: their views will not go unchallenged in 21st century Scotland.
The threats of picketing the hospital are considered ominous by women’s rights campaigners as the self styled ‘pro-life’ movement in the US has become notorious for its terrorist fringes who have carried out numerous shootings and other attacks at abortion clinics.
The rally comes after a triumphant two weeks for the feminist movement in the city, which saw a demonstration against a cancelled gathering of extreme misogynists turn into a celebration in George Square on Saturday (6 February) night.