Open Letter to SCSU Community

To the St. Cloud State University campus community:

On March 2, 2016, the Supreme Court will hear Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, a case that is fundamentally about autonomy, one’s ability to freely determine what is best for their health without interference, and access to the safe, and legal health care that meets individuals’ self-identified needs. This case challenges laws that restrict abortion access under the guise of concern for the health and safety of patients but are truly political ploys to limit the accessibility of abortion care. The outcome of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt affects us all: it will change the realities of abortion access for decades to come: either by finding undue restrictions unlawful, or forcing clinics to shut down, and subsequently, people to seek alternative and unsafe abortion services.

Despite clarity from the Supreme Court that people have a constitutional right to abortion, states continue to pass laws that limit women’s access to abortion care through a variety of tactics, including:

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Why We All Need Planned Parenthood: A Non-Snarky Bullet List Edition

by Kate Bennett

You might have seen last week’s post  about the work of activists from the Women’s Center and St. Cloud community to provide public support for Planned Parenthood on national #PinkOut Day, and a link to a snarky but funny article refuting the claims of anti-Choicers about Planned Parenthood, the necessity of sex-positive, comprehensive and age-appropriate sex education, and access to healthcare. As important as it is to laugh and maintain balance, the staff of Collective Feminism wanted to take a moment to address the complex issues affecting the health of millions across the United States in a way that does justice to the important work of Planned Parenthood and the national socio-political landscape around issues of abortion and reproductive choice right now.

So, here we go. “Why We All Need Planned Parenthood: A Non-Snarky Bullet List Edition.”

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Support Planned Parenthood Event!

This week some of the Women’s Center staff organized an amazing rally in support of Planned Parenthood during national #PinkOutDay. They had just over a day to plan, and more than 40 students, faculty, and community members came together to support an organization that they believe in. We’re so thrilled!

Here’s a few pictures from the rally along with a link to a satirical post at Ravishly that (hilariously) refutes many of the claims made by anti-choice and anti-Planned Parenthood advocates.

http://www.ravishly.com/2015/09/17/10-reasons-we-should-defund-planned-parenthood-immediately

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