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Monday, August 18, 2008

Corndogs, Cows, and Condoms

Last Wednesday, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action conducted a Reproductive Justice Day of Action at Governor's Day at the Illinois State Fair. The day began with a morning training for volunteers, where they learned about the Reproductive Justice and Access Act (HB5615). This bill will ensure that every individual has access to a full range of options in making decisions about their reproductive health care. It seeks to reduce unintended pregnancies through comprehensive sex education, expanding access to birth control, and ensuring that the government cannot interfere with an individual's right to have a child or terminate a pregnancy.

That afternoon, the amazing group of staff and volunteers - pictured below and lead by the Planned Parenthood Reproductive Justice Outreach Team - hit the fairgrounds to educate the public about HB 5615 and gather support for it through petition signatures. The group passed out pens, stickers, buttons, and Planned Parenthood condoms to those who signed on, and they got a chance to hear speeches made by a handful of Illinois elected officials including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, IL Senate President Emil Jones, and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

There were fried foods galore, adorable newborn calves and piglets and, of course, the infamous Butter Cow! For those of you unfamiliar with this attraction, it is exactly as it sounds - a giant cow made of butter - and a long-standing Illinois State Fair tradition. Check out the picture below of one of our fabulous interns and the Butter Cow!

To learn more about the Reproductive Justice and Access Act and sign a petition in support of the bill, visit this page.

To get involved with Planned Parenthood and become a volunteer, click here.

Technorati tags: tagname, Planned Parenthood, reproductive justice, Illinois State Fair


Blogger 47cats said...

Great article! Glad to see you at the fair educating the public. Thanks!

August 21, 2008 at 12:16 PM  

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