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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action hosting virtual events for abortion access organizations

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Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is launching a new virtual series aimed at fighting abortion stigma, discussing reproductive justice through an Indigenous lens, and taking a close look at the reproductive justice landscape in Illinois.

According to a press release from PPIA, the three-part series features workshops and discussions with Chicago Abortion Fund, Indigenous Women Rising and Everthrive Illinois. The events are on Tuesdays, Nov. 30; Dec. 7 and Dec. 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. These virtual events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required at bit.ly/PPIA-YoungAdults.

“2021 is the worst for state legislative attacks on abortion since the 1973 Roe decision, with more than 100 state abortion restrictions enacted into law,” said Addie Zwick, program manager of advocacy and campaigns at PPIA. “There is no time to lose in shining a spotlight on the organizations working every day to help people access the essential health care they need and deserve.”

On Nov. 30, PPIA is partnering with Chicago Abortion Fund for a workshop guiding participants on “How to Talk About Abortion.” Attendees will learn messaging strategies for how to effectively discuss abortion and abortion access. The goal of this workshop is for participants to feel confident having open and honest discussions with friends and relatives who may not agree with them, which is important to addressing and eliminating abortion stigma.

On Dec. 7, Rae Guerra-Lorenzo with Indigenous Women Rising will lead the workshop “Reproductive Justice Through an Indigenous Lens.” Participants will explore the history of reproductive justice and how it has intersected with colonialism and white supremacy. Guerra-Lorenzo will also highlight Indigenous reproductive justice leaders and practices.

The final event in the series will be Dec. 14, and features Chinyere Okwu, executive director of EverThrive Illinois, who will provide a “Reproductive Justice Update: Illinois.” Together with PPIA, they will discuss the Youth Health and Safety Act, which repealed the harmful parental notification of abortion law. Okwu will also highlight how this legislative change will impact young people seeking abortions and discuss the remaining barriers to abortion that still exist in Illinois.

For more information about the series, visit bit.ly/PPIA-YoungAdults.

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