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$$$ Brainstorming... [29 Jan 2002|10:48pm]
[ mood | creative ]

I was just thinking of ideas for fundraisers this semester...

Spurred by a comment made at our last meeting I came up with the idea of bumper stickers. What if we designed some cool pro-choice bumper stickers and sold them at our tables and other events?

Let me know if you think the idea has merit. Then, if it does sound like something we want to do we would need to design some stickers. Any ideas?

-Feliciy

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[22 Dec 2001|03:03pm]
Happy Holidays Voxers!

Enjoy your Winter Break and come back ready to be fired up about Vox.
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First PA Session... [07 Nov 2001|11:28pm]
[ mood | giddy ]

Tonight Vox members (Sarah, Katie, and Felicity) performed our first Peer Advocator session for 16 members of MSU's Women's Council.

15 out of the 16 rated our presentation at the highest level (i.e. "very useful").
1 woman rated our performance "somewhat useful."


Tonight was a great start to what we hope will be a very successful series of PA Sessions.

Here is a rundown of what PA Sessions include for those of you who haven't yet had the opportunity to see one...

1. An Introduction to what Vox is/what Vox stands for.
2. A discussion and demonstration of contraception.
3. A detailed section dealing with Emergency Contraception.
4. Scenarios dealing with the challenges to reproductive rights.
5. Examples of ways students can be involved in the fight to protect reproductive freedom.

We'll be preforming at least one PA Session per semester that is open to all. For more information on when you can see a PA Session check the calendar section of the Vox website.

As mentioned in point number four above, we provide scenarios to spark debate about the challenges to reproductive freedom. I'd like to post one of those scenarios here in hopes that we can use this forum to discuss it.

Tanya is 17 and oh so excited to be starting college this fall. She felt so grown up going to class and living apart from her parents. She was thrilled to get invited by people in class to a party later in the week. Saturday night she went with some friends and met a bunch of new people. One guy in particular took quite an interest in her. He was so nice and kept bringing her drinks. She drank a bit too much and next thing she remembers is waking up with her friends all staring down at her. They asked her if she remembered what happened, but she didn't. They told her that they think the guy slipped her something and then raped her. Tanya is devastated and tells them that it just isn't possible.

Tanya starts vomiting and for the first time is feeling the effects of her drinking. She's scared. Her friends are pretty concerned about her, and they convince her to go to the emergency room. Upon examination the staff at the hospital finds trauma to the vagina and semen. Tanya is scared that she may become pregnant as she does not take birth control. She asks the nurse what she should do, but the nurse only tells her to be more careful next time.

Tanya's roommate is pretty sure there's a pill or something that Tanya could take. She asks the nurse about it. The nurse replies that the hospital's policy is to provide no information about emergency contraception and no prescriptions for it. The roommate's mother is a doctor so she calls her to find out what Tanya should do. Doctor Mom tells her about emergency contraception and that hospitals are not required to offer it even in instances of rape. Doctor Mom would be willing to proscribe EC to Tanya, but she would first need to get her parent's permission since she is underage and cannot therefore obtain any type of birth control without her parents concent.


What are the challenges to reproductive freedom in this scenario?
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House bill damages reproductive rights... [02 Nov 2001|10:53am]
[ mood | aggravated ]

Wednesday, 10-31-01 I had a letter to the editor published in The State News...


Like many students on campus, I am concerned with reproductive freedom. Currently there is a bill, House Bill 4655, on the floor of the Michigan House that would infringe on the reproductive rights of any student who utilizes the services of our local Planned Parenthood. This bill states that any local organization that performs abortions, refers women to abortion providers or advocates the legality of abortions will not be given preference in the allocation of public family planning funding.

This bill would effectively defund Planned Parenthood of Michigan. About three percent of Planned Parenthood�s total activity is related to abortion. The other 97 percent is dedicated to family planning and education.

Planned Parenthood provides many services MSU students benefit from, including free pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and low-cost birth control. If this bill becomes law, what are the 6,000 women and men, many of them affiliated with MSU and who use Planned Parenthood, going to do when these services are no longer available to them?

If you enjoy your reproductive freedoms, then it is important that you contact your representatives and urge them to oppose HB 4655. To find out who your representative is, go to www.miplannedparenthood.org.

This is the response that i recieved...


Felicity,

Your letter reminded me of a photo of a bunch of people lined up outside a demolished post office after a hurricane to collect their welfaree or social security checks.

How can the people avoid pregnancy if Planned Parenthood is not funded? Gee, I don't know, maybe they could try keeping their pants on.

What is this? People are just going to wake up pregnant if their government handout is taken away?

Go get a dictionary and look up personal responsibility.


Greg Brown

Some people just don't get it!

This is the response i sent him...


Gregory,

I know all about "personal responsibility," and so do the 60,000 people in Michigan who use Planned Parenthood. People who go to Planned Parenthood do so because they are responsible about birth control. By defunding Planned Parenthood our state is restricting people's options for being responsible about their sexuality.

-Felicity

This is the response i wanted to send him...


Gregory,

I know all about "personal responsibility," and so do the 60,000 people in Michigan who use Planned Parenthood. People who go to Planned Parenthood do so because they are responsible about birth control. By defunding Planned Parenthood our state is restricting people's options for being responsible about their sexuality. People are not going to stop having sex just because they no longer have access to birth control. Obvioulsy you've never had sex or you would never suggest that people just "keep their pants on."

-Felicity

this latest letter from gregory made me cringe...



Felicity,


I'm sorry, but I don't count depending on other people's money to pay for things I don't really need as personal responsibility. That goes for birth control and medicine for STD's. If you didn't _choose_ to participate in the beavior, you wouldn't require the birth control or medicine.

This isn't like TB or the flu or cancer. it is totally _behaviorly_ dependent.

There is a free method of birth control that anyone can practice. It's called: keep your pants on. You don't have to take my tax money do do it and you don't really have to get help doing it.

If it is not an option, then that is called rape. But Michigan is now a right-to-carry state and rape is thus easier to stop, now. if you're under 21 years old, you can get a big knife instead of a handgun.


Gregory Brown

I don't believe this merits another response from me.
I doubt there is any thing I can do to change his veiws through an email.
Obviously pro-choice people are challenged with statements like this on a regular basis. By being outspoken in your support of pro-choice you'll constantly be challenged by people like gregory. My question then to you is how would you respond to this?


Just click on "comment on this" at the right of the screen.
If you are not a registered lj user you can leave an anonymous comment and sign your name to the bottom of it.
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shirts, shirts, shirts... [04 Oct 2001|11:07am]
[ mood | optimistic ]

MSU Vox needs a tee-shirt. We're looking to design a tee-shirt for members to wear while they're out and about doing outreach. So far we haven't been too successful, but if any of you out there are creative and you want to share your genius with us we'd be pretty darn grateful (we'd probably even give you a cool shirt).

We have decided that the shirts will be bright orange (so we can't be missed late at night while we're throwing condoms at strangers) and that the text on the shirts will be in white. The back of the shirt has to have our name (Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood®) and website (www.msu.edu/~msuvox) on it... so basically what we're looking for is a catchy, provocative slogan to plaster across the front of the tee-shirt.

If nobody creative comes forward we're going to us the national Vox slogan...

Is Your Member Of Congress Hearing Voices?
Better Make Sure It's Yours!


So com'on, I dare you to think of something better...

-Felicity
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Just for starters... [04 Oct 2001|12:02am]
[ mood | excited ]

This journal was created as a forum for MSU Vox members to communicate with one another about issues and ideas that effect the group's mission. This journal is open for anyone to make responses in and thereby engage in a dialog with other Vox members.

I hope we've created something here that we can all learn from and have fun with.

If you have topics in mind that you'd like to see covered in this forum leave a comment about them attatched to any entry or email your ideas to

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This journal was created as a forum for MSU <i>Vox</i> members to communicate with one another about issues and ideas that effect the group's mission. This journal is open for anyone to make responses in and thereby engage in a dialog with other <i>Vox</i> members.

I hope we've created something here that we can all learn from and have fun with.

If you have topics in mind that you'd like to see covered in this forum leave a comment about them attatched to any entry or email your ideas to <a href="mailto:"msuvox@msu.edu">msuvox@msu.edu</a>.

I'm interested to see how this experiment turns out... Remember, it'll only be successful if we all take an active role and participate in the dialog.

Anyone can respond, you don't have to be a LiveJournal member, or even a <i>Vox</i> member. Just hit "comment on this" and leave your responses as an anonymous user (you can sign the bottom of your comment if you choose).

I look forward to talking to you all.

-Felicity
<i>Vox</i> Co-Director
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