A very first march for women’s rights is scheduled for July 24 in Wellsboro.
Tioga County Women’s Rights Activists were formed in response to the June 24 Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade. This action returned the decision to allow abortion to the states.
As of this writing, 11 states have banned or severely restricted abortion and at least a dozen other states are moving forward with plans to do the same.
Thirty-five women and men came together on July 3 to plan the rally, which will also focus on potential restrictions on contraceptives, LGBTQ rights and the potential ban on safe and legal abortion in Pennsylvania in the future. .
Lisa McConomy and Desiree Poole are two of the walk organizers. McConomy is the founder of the private Facebook group, founded immediately after the June 24 decision and which has more than 500 members.
“It’s not a political band,” McConomy said. “We have Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians. This is a group of women and men who support women’s right to a safe and legal abortion.
“It’s great to see multiple generations here and to see the support from men,” Poole said.
The rally will begin at 1 p.m. and will feature speakers and information tables on health care and politics. Participants are encouraged to bring signs.
This local independent group is considering becoming part of a national women’s rights organization, such as the National Organization of Women. Being part of an established group would provide structure and guidance, organizers said.
A second march for women’s rights will take place in Mansfield after students return to campus for the fall semester.