Take Action TODAY for Abortion Access and LGBTQ Equality

The legislature is in full swing this week trying to erode Tennesseans' bodily autonomy and ability to make our own decisions about our lives and health. Fortunately, together with our coalition partners and allies, we have many opportunities to speak up and show up for each other. Read on and take action today!

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HFTN Youth Council Call for Actors: 1 in 3 Abortion Stories Play


Healthy+Free TN Youth Leadership Council and Creative Resistance is putting on a staged reading of "Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3." 

Inspired by real abortion stories from the 1 in 3 women in the U.S. who will have had an abortion in their lifetime, "Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3" confronts the cacophony of polarizing political rhetoric that surrounds abortion and instead asks us to listen to the voices of women and to explore with them the situations, relationships, emotions and logistics that contextualize their decisions to seek abortion care.

Composed of a series of vignettes, Out of Silence, is at times heartbreaking, funny, and even commonplace but always thought provoking and honest.

We will be casting for five characters (four folks with vaginas, one without, with the potential to shift according to needs)
If you are interested in auditioning, please contact Shawn Reilly at shawn.e.reilly@vanderbilt.edu.

Participants should be prepared to read from the Out of Silence script. **ALL AUDITIONING PARTIES MUST RSVP BY EMAILING SHAWN AT shawn.e.reilly@vanderbilt.edu IN ORDER TO CONFIRM YOUR SPOT*

Show date: Thursday March 30th at 7:00 p.m. (to be confirmed)

Any and all questions, inquiries, and concerns can be sent to Shawn at shawn.e.reilly@vanderbilt.edu. Please share widely with any and all folks who may be interested in auditioning. No experience required, we will work with you if you are casted! We are also accepting help for the production of the show. If interested, please e-mail Shawn.


Protect HIV Funding Today!

Shelby County politicians are playing politics with people's health by threatening to end a successful HIV prevention program in Memphis just because Planned Parenthood runs the program. Sign this petition to show your opposition to putting politics before people's health. 

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Anna Yocca Released from Jail After Pleading Guilty to 19th Century Anti-Abortion Statute

 

Tennessee officials have again demonstrated their commitment to punishing pregnant people for their pregnancies and outcomes. After claims that Murfreesboro resident Anna Yocca attempted to give herself an abortion in her home, Rutherford County Prosecutors aimed first to convict Ms. Yocca with attempted murder and then with fetal assault (yes, the same fetal assault law that sunset in July 2016). Failing to gain legal ground on either charge, prosecutors dug up two ancient pre Roe v Wade laws that criminalize abortion and carry felony penalties. After being incarcerated for over a year while awaiting trial, on January 9th 2017 Anna Yocca pleaded guilty to "attempted procurement of a miscarriage" in exchange for immediate release from jail. Read a joint press statement below from National Advocates for Pregnant Women and Healthy and Free TN for more context and implications. 

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