Munich — The Munich Chapter of Democrats Abroad Germany invites both Americans and
non-Americans to participate in a vigil of hope and unity to show support for women affected by draconian abortion restrictions popping up across the United States. The vigil will take place across from the U.S. Consulate in Munich. All interested parties, including press, are welcome to attend.
The vigil will begin with a moment of silence for those negatively impacted by illegal
abortions before they were legalized because, contrary to what opponents of abortion rights believe, limiting abortion access will not prevent abortions, but instead simply make them less safe. In fact, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the number of illegal abortions in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s ranged anywhere from 200,000 to 1.2 annually.
Furthermore, in 1930, abortion was listed as the official cause of death for almost 2,700
women–almost one-fifth of maternal deaths recorded in that year. 1 Despite this mass of
evidence, sixteen states either introduced or signed into law “heartbeat bills” which prohibit
abortion once a heartbeat can be detected – usually the sixth week of pregnancy (often before women even realize they are pregnant). 2 According to Emily Frömel, Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Munich: “Banning abortions in the United States is the conservatives’ way of silencing 50% of the population in the United States — women .
This is evidenced by the lack of money dedicated to education, daycare, food stamps, healthcare, housing and education. … If conservatives were concerned about saving human lives, they would channel their efforts into passing common sense gun laws and closing the detention centers (where 6 children have died to date) and reuniting children with their parents instead of enacting unconstitutional and cruel laws limiting women’s access to healthcare.”
After the event, attendees are invited to join Democrats Abroad afterwards at a local restaurant.