Showing posts from April, 2012

We Are Women Speech - Boise Rally 4-28-2012

My name is Toni Sutton, I am a third-generation Idahoan, and until last year, had never attended a protest or rally of any kind. This is the third rally I've spoken at this year. I always wondered if there was anything that I felt passionately enough about to even attend a protest. Thanks to the actions of the extremists of the Republican party, I never found the level of outrage I would need to attend a rally—we've gone FAR beyond that.       It wasn't until 1965 that the Comstock bans against contraception for married women were struck down by the Supreme Court, and it wasn't until 1972 that the courts extended contraception rights to nonmarried women. Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, finally giving women the right to control their own bodies. As I was born in 1970, that means that I had more legal control over my own body at the age of 3 than I have now. It also means that, except for the few women my age entering menopause early, we haven't even had …