The Tucson Women’s March tweeted a graphic Thursday that read “LET’S MOURN WITH F-CK THE FOURTH.” The tweet came roughly a week after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade and returned the legislative power over abortion to the states. “Bring comfortable shoes, water, lawn chairs, posters, and your anger,” the graphic said.
According to a screenshot posted by Libs of TikTok, the Pima County Democratic Party retweeted the graphic with the message, “F*ck the Fourth. See you at Reid Park.”
PCDP later deleted the tweet and said in a Twitter thread the graphic “was in poor taste.”
“We were eager to share the event, and in our haste we used the graphic provided by the event organizer,” the group said in a Twitter thread. “That was a mistake, and we will do better.”
The thread did not address PCDP’s own use of the phrase, which substituted an asterisk for the vowel.
“Make no mistake, however,” the group continued. “We support the event which will be on July 4 at 7 pm at Reid Park. The event was organized to help women in our community grieve for the loss of their bodily autonomy, which we consider an elemental right. Our posting of the graphic upset some people. We urge you to save your outrage for the women in this state who will die of botched abortions. Arizona is not a good place to be a woman right now.”
In its June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Mississippi law prohibiting most abortions after 15 weeks. According to a press release issued the same day by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office, “The Arizona Legislature passed an identical law to the one upheld in Dobbs, which will take effect in approximately 90 days. Additionally, General Brnovich will continue to defend Arizona’s law that protects against discriminatory abortions on the basis of race, sex, or genetic abnormality in Brnovich v. Isaacson.”
Tucson Women’s March made no attempt at apology — and used the uncensored phrase throughout a Twitter thread defending their graphic on Saturday.
“It seems that out ‘F-ck the 4th’ event has upset some people,” they said. “Make no mistake that we are not the only organization using ‘F-ck the 4th’ terminology. We support ALL the communities that have been affected by recent decisions the Supreme Court has made. Our Native, BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and Women communities are fighting for their elemental and fundamental rights.”