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Ideastream article: Abortion access, violence against women will be focus of Women’s March Saturday in Cleveland, Ideastream reports.....Edited by Stephanie Czekalinski of Ideastream in Cleveland

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By Taylor Wizner,Ideastream

Edited by Stephanie Czekalinski of Ideastream in Cleveland


CLEVELAND, Ohio-Women's March Cleveland is planning a Women’s March on Saturday to join in with a National Weekend of Action.

Marches are planned across the country, including at least 16 in Ohio Women’s March Cleveland' march is  is Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Market Square Park across from the West Side Market.

Women's March Cleveland  organizer Kathy Wray Coleman said the event will host politicians, community activists and others, who will share personal stories about abortion and talk about the importance of access to the procedure, among otherwomen'srights issues.

Coleman said she’s hoping to energize women to vote.

“We believe they’re going to push House Bill 704 through, which outlaws abortion access,” Coleman said. “They’re coming after us.”

In July, Republican State Rep. Gary Click, who represents Fremont and Tiffin, introduced HB 704, known as the Personhood Act. If passed, the law would declare the personhood of an individual from the moment of conception. Abortion-rights activists have criticized similar personhood laws in other states, saying they could be used to deny access to abortion.

Beyond reproductive rights, Saturday's march will focus on violence against women. Sandra Hardwick, the mother of Britney Hardwick, the 22-year-old Cleveland women murdered two years ago, will talk about her daughter’s unsolved case, Coleman said.

In 2020, homicides of Black women and girls in Ohio doubled from the year before, as reported in the Guardian newspaper. Coleman said activists want 50 more detectives focused on solving homicides that have gone cold.

“They are not doing enough for women. And why? Because we let them do it,” she said. “But if we vote them out, maybe we can get some help.”

State Senator Nickie Antonio, who serves western Cuyahoga County, Cuyahoga County Councilwoman Cheryl Stephens and State Rep. Jeffrey Crossman, of Parma, Brooklyn Heights and Cuyahoga Heights are expected to speak, Coleman said. All three are Democrats. There will also be a presentation about women in Iran and their fight for freedom, justice and equality.

As of Friday morning, more than 600 people had expressed interest in the event on Facebook

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