By Cannon-Marie Green Milby and Beth Connors-Manke
On April 28, 2012, Kentucky Protest Against the War on Women held a rally in front of the Fayette County Circuit Court.
“We are all aware of the draconian laws being introduced and often passed in many GOP run states,” the group said on its Facebook event page. “Now this war on women has reached our Congress. We represent the majority in this Country and need to make our voices heard.”
The protest was part of a nationwide event sponsored by UniteWomen.org , a grassroots organization created in February 2012 by Karen Teegarden and Desiree Jordan. The mission of Unite Women is to help defend women’s rights and pursuit of equality. The organization takes a two-pronged approach: ‘Main Street USA,’ a public outreach campaign, and ‘Legislative Action,’ a targeted campaign. Local protests on April 28, like the one in Lexington, set their own agendas and picked key issues.
The Kentucky protestors raised the issues of domestic violence, rape, reproductive freedom, and abortion. Demonstrators thrust coat hangers in the air, shouting “we won’t go back,” and carried signs saying “reproductive freedom is a human right,” “keep your Mitt(s) off my birth control,” and “[w]e are the 53%.”