Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Teachers in NYC Pay Out of Pocket for Abortion. Healthcare Must be Accessible to All

The following is a speech by a public school teacher in NYC against the overturn of Roe v. Wade and in favor of abortion rights for all.


June 28, 2022
Facebook Twitter Share
File:EPA-EFE/Mateusz Marek

Friday’s rally and march for abortion rights in New York City was co-sponsored by over 50 activist, left and union groups. Due to the heat and restraints around sound equipment, even the small group of speakers slated to speak were not able to. Here we publish the speech by a public school teacher in the Movement of Rank and File Educators that she would have given at the rally.

I am a public school teacher part of the Movement for Rank and File Educators, the Social Justice caucus within the United Federation of Teachers. First thing first, abortion IS health care!

When I was joining the teacher union I was told over and over again by UFT leadership that we had the best health care in the city. So much so, that the other city unions are jealous! So you can imagine my surprise when I was hounded by debt collectors to pay $800 for my abortion. I joined the 1 in 10 Americans with medical debt.

While NY will remain a pro-choice state, we must push our congress to pass the New York Health Act so that abortion is truly accessible to all New Yorkers regardless of income or access to health care. We know this decision is disproportionately going to harm Black people, people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, undocumented people and the poor and working class. 

Now more than ever, abortion must be codified into law, guaranteed as a right regardless of one’s financial or employment status. We need a united front to fight the profit-driven health care system that relies on sickness to sustain itself and the fascist control of people’s reproductive rights.

All power to the people!

Facebook Twitter Share

Guest Posts

Attack on Pro-Palestinian Protestors at UMich Latest Example of Democrats Defending Israel’s Genocide in Gaza

Capitalist apologists from the Democratic Party have chosen their business partners in Israel’s far-right government over Palestinian lives. In Ann Arbor, those same so-called “progressive” Democrats decided to bring felony charges against protestors earlier this week, encouraging harsh police violence against the University of Michigan encampment.

Ryan McCarty

May 24, 2024

CUNY Workers Should Support the Five Demands of the Student Encampment

As the PSC CUNY Delegate Assembly prepares to debate a vote to endorse the five demands of the CCNY Gaza Solidarity Encampment, some members of CUNY on Strike penned the following rebuttal to the bureaucratic union leadership that has been trying to distance itself from the struggle against the genocide in Gaza. 

Victory for the UAW at Volkswagen Plant in Chattanooga Represents a Potential Turning Point for Labor

Following a year of strong union struggles, a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee has voted to unionize with the UAW. This victory, in the traditionally anti-union South, shows that the terrain of labor struggle in the U.S. is shifting.

Joey Eichler

May 17, 2024

University of Michigan Campus Protestors Are Keeping the Focus on the Genocide in Gaza

For the past two weeks, the encampment at the University of Michigan has been a site for collective learning and broad public information campaigns.

Ryan McCarty

May 8, 2024


Two large signs that read "UC Divest from Genocide" and "Gaza Solidarity Encampment" behind the two signs a "UAW on Strike sign" pokes out

Dispatch from Day 2 of the UC Santa Cruz Picket Line

Left Voice member and City University of New York worker Olivia reports on the second day of her trip to Santa Cruz for UAW 4811’s historic strike to talk to workers.

Olivia Wood

May 25, 2024

Why Won’t PSC-CUNY Stand with Palestine Now?

While other higher education unions are going on strike in defense of their workers and against the genocide in Gaza, the bureaucratic leadership of PSC-CUNY just crushed a resolution calling on the university to divest from Israel and to drop the charges against Palestinian activists arrested on April 30. 

James Dennis Hoff

May 24, 2024
Activists in Detroit speaking at a press conference condemning repression of the pro-Palestine movement on May 20, 2024.

Detroit Activists Hold Press Conference to Condemn Repression of Pro-Palestine Protesters

Detroit Will Breathe organized a press conference to discuss the police violence and repression against pro-Palestine protesters. The movement must stand in solidarity and unite to combat the increase of repression.

Kyle Thibodeau

May 23, 2024
A sign for the University of California at Santa Cruz with a line of UAW signs in front of it

Dispatch from Day One of the UC Santa Cruz Picket Line for Palestine

Left Voice member and City University of New York worker Olivia traveled to Santa Cruz for UAW 4811’s historic strike to talk to workers. This is her dispatch from the first day of the strike.

Olivia Wood

May 22, 2024