I’ll be there – will you?

The “March for Women’s Lives” this Sunday will be led by a coalition of seven women’s and civil liberties groups. They are the National Organization for Women, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, the Feminist Majority, Naral Pro-Choice America, the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The march is also endorsed by more than 1,400 other groups, including unions and religious and health care organizations.

The march has a new message intended for a younger and more diverse audience, focusing on privacy and access to a full range of reproductive health services, not just abortion. But the underlying goal is the same as most marches on Washington — to flood the capital with a wide cross-section of Americans and send a powerful message.

“This is, to us, just a beginning,” said Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority. “We are going to make women’s rights, and especially reproductive rights, another third rail of American politics, just like Social Security. This is no longer going to be a political football debated every two or four years.”

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