ROE v. WADE (JULY 2022)
Zonta Club of Birmingham joins many women’s organizations in their call for federal legislation to restore fundamental protections that guarantee a woman’s right to make the decision to have an abortion.
As an organization that aims to make life better for women and girls, Zonta Club of Birmingham stands firmly in the belief that a woman’s reproductive activity is her decision.
We recognize the value of the life of a young woman and her right to access critical reproductive healthcare, including safe abortion services, whether her pregnancy is planned, accidental, or the result of sexual assault.
The politicization of this issue and the catchphrases such as “pro-life” and “right to choose” have become deeply embedded in this conversation and have over-simplified the difficult, complicated circumstances that making this decision entails.
Zonta does not support any action or law that diminishes the value of a woman’s life and we believe that the sanctity of life applies to all. For this reason, Zonta will continue to fight for reproductive freedom.
RACIAL JUSTICE (GEORGE FLOYD)
The Zonta Club of Birmingham is outraged by the inexcusable death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American who was killed when a white policeman kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed and lying face down on the pavement.
Zonta International strives to empower women but also to promote justice and universal respect for the rights and fundamental freedoms of all human beings. Those rights and freedoms are being denied in our country through racial injustice and inequality.
We support the right to peaceful protest which is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and must be supported by our municipalities and law enforcement agencies; however we decry acts of violence during times of unrest.
Police brutality and excessive force must be stopped. Racial hatred, prejudice, and oppression must also be confronted and addressed; we must not tolerate it.
COVID & UNIVERSAL MASKING
Zonta Club of Birmingham urges local schools to require universal masking in line with revised CDC Covid safety advice and to take other precautions to protect our children and their mothers.
The COVID pandemic in Alabama has reached such a crisis that Zonta Club of Birmingham feels strongly that Boards of Education in the state must take every possible step to ensure the safety of all students, teachers, and parents. As a club that seeks to empower women through service and advocacy, Zonta Club of Birmingham is speaking out to urge immediate COVID precautionary actions.
COVID is now “a wildfire” across the state and everyone should wear a mask, warned Dr. Michael Saag and Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, infectious disease doctors at UAB. School systems are currently grappling with the issue and developing guidelines for the school year which begins in a couple of weeks. While we applaud school systems that have recently updated their guidelines to require masks such as Birmingham City Schools and Opelika City Schools, much more needs to be done to protect children, teachers, and parents from COVID spread and infections across the state.
Women are most affected when a child is sick because they often miss work to care for a son or daughter, increasing their probability of exposure to illnesses brought home. Also, a large percentage of teachers are women who will be exposed to the virus at school.
Although children younger than 12 cannot receive COVID vaccinations, their parents can, as well as teachers and staff at schools. Higher vaccination rates, for those eligible, would help protect children by reducing rates of virus transmissions. Only about 34 percent of Alabamians have been vaccinated.
“If they’re going to go back to school, you really should be masking and you should be very hopeful their teachers are vaccinated,” Marrazzo said in an article by Al.com. “And I think that having parents advocate for safe schools with vaccinated teachers and staff is a very powerful tool to protect kids and protect the parents and families they will go home to at the end of the day.”
It is imperative that schools in our state implement measures that will help protect students, parents, and teachers. Zonta Club of Birmingham supports the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation which advises that all students and staff wear masks and also supports the updated CDC recommendation for universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.
In addition, we urge schools to implement six feet social distancing, encourage vaccinations when age appropriate, and offer virtual learning. It is important that schools continue to educate and stress to parents, teachers, staff, and students and children that anyone can be a spreader and should be isolated when exposed. Schools should also stress to students and educators, as well as to parents, that bullying over mask wearing will not be tolerated.
The Birmingham Club of Zonta International is dedicated to expanding women’s access to education, health care, economic opportunities, and safe living conditions. Its mission is to empower women through service and advocacy.
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References & Sources:
American Academy of Pediatrics:
Vaccine Data Source: Alabama Vaccine Tracker USA Facts:
WSFA 12 News (Montgomery):