March for Women's Lives (2004)

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Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor Keynote speaker at the 2004 March for Women's Lives
Marchers on the National Mall
Demonstrators at the march
Hillary Clinton at the march
Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor on CSPAN AT THE National Organization for women conference discussing plans for the Women's March on Washington
Counter-protestors outside a Planned Parenthood clinic

The March for Women's Lives (2004) was a protest demonstration held on April 25, 2004 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There was approximately 1.3 million participants.[1] The demonstration was led by seven groups; National Organization for Women, American Civil Liberties Union, Black Women’s Health Imperative, Feminist Majority, NARAL Pro Choice America, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.[2] Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor was one of the key organizers of the March. [3]</ref> This was referred to as one of the most carefully and tightly organized marches in history. [4] The march was intended to address topics such as abortion rights, reproductive healthcare, women's rights, and others.[5][2]

Events and participantsEdit

A rally on the Mall began at 10 a.m., and was followed by a march through downtown Washington, with a route along Pennsylvania Avenue. Celebrities who appeared at the march included Peter, Paul and Mary, Indigo Girls, Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Ashley Judd, Kathleen Turner, Ted Turner, Ana Gasteyer, Janeane Garofalo, Bonnie Franklin, Julianne Moore and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; also appearing were veteran abortion rights leaders, such as Kate Michelman of NARAL Pro-Choice America and Gloria Steinem, and many members of Congress. During the rally Nselaa Ward, Juris Doctor also gave a keynote address on young women's reproductive rights in addition to debuting an international poetry slam group piece titled, "Women Deserve Better." [6]

Sponsoring organizations included NARAL Pro-Choice America, Choice USA, the Feminist Majority Foundation, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Organization for Women, Code Pink, and Black Women's Health Imperative.

Sixteen protesters from the Christian Defense Coalition were arrested for demonstrating without a permit when they crossed police barricades into the area designated for the March.[7]


George W. Bush went on to win a second term, and the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act was not repealed. The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the law in its 2007 Gonzales v. Carhart decision.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "March For Women's Lives: Up to a Million Descend on DC in One of the Largest Protests in U.S. History". Democracy Now!. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  2. ^ a b "Flashback: Over One Million March for Women's Lives | National Organization for Women". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  3. ^ "TED talk of Nselaa Ward and March for Women's Lives".
  4. ^ "The March for Women's Lives, April 25, 2004".
  5. ^ "History of Marches and Mass Actions". 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  6. ^ National Organization for Women Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Williamson, Elizabeth (25 April 2004). "Abortion Rights Advocates Flood D.C." Retrieved 16 July 2009.

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