Thurs, 9-10 PM, Women in Poland–and internationally–protest total ban on abortion; what would happen if Roe were overturned?; behind the wage gap

Segment 1

Guests: Beatta Schulman and Malgorzata Bakalarz-Duverger, two Polish women living in New York City, who, in only 2 weeks, used the internet to organize a demonstration that will take place on Sunday, April 17, across from the U.N. at Ralphe Bunche Park at 1 pm to protest a proposed complete ban on abortion in Poland.

Thousands of women have taken to the streets in 15 Polish cities, the largest in Warsaw with 7,000 people. Demonstrations are also planned to take place in Prague and Paris, as well as New York City.

The proposed complete and total ban on abortion in Poland would contain no exceptions for incest, rape of the life of the mother . On Sunday, April 3, thousands walked out of Church in protest as the Bishop’s letter telling Cathoics they must support the total ban on abortion was read in churches around the country.

In New York City there is a demonstration planned for this Sunday, April 17  at Ralph Bunche Park, across from the U.N. at 42 E 43rd St, New York, New York 10017.

The ban came about amid the toxic mix of nationalism, catholic fundamentalism, whipped up anti-immigrant sentiment and rhetoric about returning to the “normal family relations between men and women”, that characterize the newly elected rightwing conservative Law and Justice party.

The total ban would replace Poland’s already very restrictive abortion law, which allows abortion up to the 25th week of pregnancy and only if a woman’s life is in danger, if the pregnancy resulted from a criminally proven rape or incest, or if the foetus is seriously malformed. The Prime Minister, Beatta Szydlo, has said she approves of the ban  but critics are calling her a puppet of the government and saying that the ban has come about as a condition for Church support of the Law and Justice party in the recent election.

Segment 2

Jessica Mason Pieklo, Staff Attorney for RH Reality Check and author of “What Would Change if Roe were Overturned?”  spells out what we could expect if, under a Republican Administration, Roe v Wade were overturned under newly appointed Supreme Court Justices–and how, in many ways, we are well on that path already.

Segment 3

Behind the Wage Gap. Guest: Catherine Hill, PhD,  the vice president for research at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the author of The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, 2016

We’ll be looking at what the gender pay gap is, why it exists, how to prove its existence to deniers, why “leaning in” won’t fix it and what leverage women as a group have in fighting it (including looking at the Paycheck Fairness Act, and public relations pressure).


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