VIDEOS AND VOICES: An Abortion Speak Out
presented by EAS (Eliminating Abortion Stigma)
Sunday, April 9 at 2 pm
$10 General Admission • $7 Student/Senior
Names of Women, a short film by award-winning filmmaker Poppy Liu about her abortion, will be followed by an abortion speak-out and panel discussion. The afternoon event, which is a celebration of women’s rights to access health care is to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. Panelists include former chair of Planned Parenthood Elizabeth Bixler, Director of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Liz Gipson, and Historian Joan Brumberg. Personal testimony on the panel will be from Gerry Cox, Sue Perlgut, Katie Thompson and Bruce Thompson. The afternoon is sponsored by Eliminating Abortion Stigma (EAS), a group of local women working to reduce stigma toward abortion who will also screen their short video We Are The Women You Know.
About Names of Women
Names of Women is a short film based on a true abortion story. Its mission is to be a platform where women can find resources, solidarity and ways to share their stories with one another. “Names of Women is a raw, beautiful documentary,” said Director of Women’s Studies at Colgate University Meika Loe, “it is what happens when art and healing come together.” www.namesofwomen.org
EAS was started in 2015 by local Ithaca area women who are concerned about the increasing legal restrictions on access to safe abortions. Following the successful model of LGBT activists to personalize their cause, EAS seeks to give a name and face to those who have had abortions, particularly in the years before the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision to legalize abortions. The video We Are the Women You Know, which premiered last September, is the first public expression of that mission. EAS is entirely volunteer and supported by private donors.
About Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) was created in 2004 by the merger of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier and Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, both founded in 1968. They are committed to providing quality reproductive health care and sexuality education for all people in our community regardless of age, race, ethnicity, physical ability or attributes, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ability to pay. Since 1996, they have been the designated provider of sexual violence response and education services in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties. See more at: www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-southern-finger-lakes/