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April 26, 2004

New wave of women

As abortion rights advocates and leaders grow increasingly frustrated at the decline in active support among women under 30 who tend to take reproductive rights for granted, interestingly, another group is becoming more visible: young first-generation Americans and recent immigrants.

Many of these women come from countries where abortion is either illegal or if legal, is incredibly hard to access for cultural and/or religious reasons, or is no longer available due to the Bush administration's refusal to help fund overeas family planning groups that perform or provide information on abortions.

Many of these women know the true horror of not having access to the same services that we often take for granted in America -- family planning, including safe and legal abortions.

The march for reproductive rights in D.C. Sunday showcased this new wave of women who have pledged to fight for a woman's right to choose. According to The New York Times, of the roughly 1,400 groups participating in the march, dozens were new to the effort and had names like South Asians for Choice, and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.

I hope this was a wake-up call to young American women, many of whom naively believe we will always have that right.

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