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Students for Life of America is a national coalition of anti-choice student groups.  This year, they have initiated The Planned Parenthood Project.  It features pink crosses symbolizing each abortion Planned Parenthood performs every day.  Although it rhetorically has a comparable effect to more typical anti-choice rallies featuring photographs of aborted fetuses, the student activist with whom I spoke considered herself a supporter of women’s rights.  Good for her.

I want to reach out to feminist students on Clemson and Tulane University campuses.  Apparently, this project will be on its way to your campuses shortly.  Today, we had a great turnout of feminist activists and allies for a counter-protest, and hope that students can organize against Students for Life of America’s propaganda. 

Maybe the comments section of this post can turn into an organizing panel? 

At this particular demonstration, anti-choice activists were armed with CDC and AMA-disproven misinformation: specifically, they claimed that there was a link between abortion and breast cancer, as well as between abortion and post-traumatic stress disorder.  These claims are false, and have been disproven repeatedly, but are disseminated by Crisis Pregnancy Centers across the country.  These students also had literature on local CPCs.  It may be useful for counter-protesters to have leaflets with information about CPCs, Planned Parenthood’s wide range of services, and how students and community members can mobilize against anti-choice propaganda. 

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What was submitted:

“We applaud the Chapel Hill Town Council for passing the resolution to hold Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) to a standard of truth in advertising last Monday night.

CPCs were found to be providing false and misleading information about abortion in a 2006 Congressional report.

An advertisement in the Tarheel Beginnings student agenda for Pregnancy Support Services, a local CPC, reads, “You had plans…A baby wasn’t one of them… We can help.” This gives the impression that the organization offers pregnant women a comprehensive overview of their reproductive choices.

Pregnancy Support Services does not make referrals for abortion or birth control. Furthermore, the advertisement makes no mention of Pregnancy Support Services’ religious affiliation. In Tuesday’s edition of the Daily Tar Heel, the agency’s director described the organization as a Christian ministry.

Thousands of young people see this advertisement in the Tarheel Beginnings planners. Given the incriminating information against CPCs found in the Congressional report, we advocate that the New Student and Parent Programs that produced the agendas not accept advertisements from CPCs in the future.”

On Tuesday, April 13th from 4:30 to 5:30pm, about twenty people attended an action organized by Feminist Students United, to oppose the existence, federal funding and false advertising of a local Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC), or Fake Abortion Clinic. This included UNC-Chapel Hill students from Feminist Students United, the Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Trans, Straight Alliance, VOX- Voices for Planned Parenthood and some people from Young Democrats.

We sat at a picnic table in front of the Chamber of Commerce to finish up some signs and a man came out and told us that the CPC people weren’t in today (who knows how he knew, bc they are in a different building) and that the police had been following our action on facebook. I guess that was his way of threatening us not to do anything.

Anyway, we stood at the big intersection of East Franklin and Estes and down West Estes toward the CPC holding signs that said:

FAKE ABORTION CLINIC ===>, Federally Funded Fake Clinic, Keep Abortion Legal (VOX brought these), HONK if you heart reproductive rights, Government control of women’s bodies is government control of human bodies

We chanted “Not the church! Not the state! Women must decide our fate!” and “Women’s rights are under attack! What do we do? Stand up! Fight back!”

The two people holding the four part FAKE ABORTION CLINIC ===> sign went all around the four way intersection ensuring that traffic going any direction saw the sign.

Hundreds of women young and old, men young and old, workers, couples, parents with their kids saw the signs and honked and raised fists in support. Aside from regular traffic, we got honks and good responses from bus drivers, postal workers and even an ambulance!

After an hour during traffic time, we wrapped up and folks caught the bus back to campus.

Overall we got a really positive response from passersby.

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