Remembering Rosie Jiménez - Reproductive Justice is a Labor Issue
Start: Sunday, October 03, 2021• 6:00 PM • Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
End: Sunday, October 03, 2021• 7:00 PM • Pacific Daylight Time (US & Canada) (GMT-07:00)
In partnership with AFSCME Local 88 and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, please join the Oregon AFSCME Women's Caucus on Sunday, October 3, at 6 PM. Help us commemorate the 44th anniversary of Rosie Jiménez's untimely death. Jiménez was the first known woman to die because of the Hyde Amendment, which eliminated federal Medicaid funding for abortion.
Rosie was a 27 year-old Latina college student and single mother. Rosie was six months away from graduating with a teaching credential – a ticket to a better life for her and her daughter, who was just 5 years old at the time. Rosie had a $700 scholarship check in her purse when she died. She went to a doctor in her hometown of McAllen, Texas to ask for an abortion, but the doctor wouldn’t provide one because Medicaid would no longer reimburse the service. Instead of using her scholarship money to pay for an abortion out of pocket, as she was determined to use the money to finish her education, Rosie crossed the border into Mexico and obtained a cheaper, illegal, and unsafe abortion.
Join us to hear remarks from special guest speakers, watch a video about Rosie Jiménez's life, and listen to a panel discussion on the importance of reproductive justice in today's labor movement.