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Friday, January 19, 2007

 
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i volunteered for ppcw's annual roe vs wade luncheon yesterday because it featured sarah stoesz, the head of planned parenthood in south dakota (& north dakota and minnesota). she famously proclaimed "these doors will stay open!" when south dakota passed a law banning all abortions in the state. that law was fortunately overturned by a ballot initiative, and she was going to speak about that struggle. i was hoping for a speech that would bring tears to my eyes, one that confirmed my solidarity with other abortion activists. what i got was a speech about building bridges and speaking in a language that red america can hear. but i haven't actually seen any evidence that that's true, and i haven't seen anything which offers hope that south dakota won't just turn around and ban abortion except for rape & incest. in fact, other states are trying the same original tactic south dakota tried. so how did we defeat the ban in south dakota? i still have no idea.

in better news, ppcw is now offering the hpv vaccine! and even better than that, it was added to the list of immunizations covered under oregon's vaccines for children program, they can provide the vaccine for free to patients under 18. (without parental consent, thank you very much!) and they're in the process of building another health center on mlk.

i volunteered to help at the table with the name tags on it. it was fairly uneventful, though i was surprised to discover that some naral members apparently have a grudge against ppcw. someone harassed me for seating naral so far back. "the day planned parenthood puts naral up front is the day i roll over," she said after i helped her find her organization's table on the seating chart. i tried to laugh it off: "if i had been in charge, i would have put you front & center," but she wouldn't let it go. "planned parenthood has never appreciated naral." and later, "without us you would have never defeated measure 43." she obviously wanted me to apologize, but what could i say? only later did i discover that the planned parenthood seated its employees & volunteers at even worse tables, so i really don't know what she had to complain about.

but bonus: on the dessert plates were chocolates in the shape of pill packs. tee hee!

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