News photo: Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary marked at Montana Capitol

2013-01-22T15:46:00Z 2013-01-23T00:15:12Z News photo: Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary marked at Montana CapitolIndependent Record The Billings Gazette
January 22, 2013 3:46 pm  • 

HELENA — Judy Smith, a Missoula feminist and activist, spoke Tuesday in the Capitol rotunda during a rally celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade.

Smith talked about the early fight for women's rights in the 1970s as she held a photograph of herself at a pay phone in the Texas capitol where women would call to ask for help anonymously, usually for their "friends."

"We don't want to be having this conversation 40 years from now," Smith said. "

We need to keep all the organizations and groups doing what they are doing as well as reach out to more young people to help come up with new plans and keep the fight alive."

In addition to Smith, Lt. Gov. John Walsh, state Sen. Christine Kaufmann and Rep. Jennifer Gursky all spoke. The Montana Democratic Women’s Caucus is anticipating several bills this session that seek to undermine reproductive rights.

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