New York Prochoice Rally
The Militant, October 25, 1999
Chanting "Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide," 75 supporters of a woman's right to choose abortion rallied outside the Ambulatory Surgery Center of Brooklyn in a heavily Latino neighborhood of Sunset Park in the early morning of October 9. The Brooklyn Pro-Choice Network initiated the rally, which was supported by the National Organization for Women and the National Abortion Rights Action League.
The rally was in response to a mobilization by Helpers of God's Precious Infants who were assembling on their 10th anniversary of a daily presence outside the clinic. Some 150 people demonstrated against a woman's right to choose.
Students from New York University, Barnard College, and Columbia University led chants for the two hours that the right-wing demonstration lasted. "Your presence has made a difference," said Frank Monck, administrator of the clinic, as he thanked the rally participants. He noted that 10,000 abortions are performed yearly at the clinic. Distributing a bilingual brochure with the headline, "Every Woman's Right to Choose," activists from the Brooklyn Pro-Choice Network signed up people for clinic escort service.