Big Policy Changes for Abortion in TN and 3 Easy Steps to Protect Access

Late last week news broke that two abortion restrictions will no longer be enforced in Tennessee. This week the legislature will vote on a current abortion ban bill that the Tennessee Attorney General recently said is "constitutionally suspect." Will the legislature choose to disregard the top legal opinion in our state and continue to waste taxpayer money and resources to push abortion access further out of reach? Read on to learn more and take 3 easy actions before the abortion ban bill is heard tomorrow!

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Big Announcement: HFTN Transitions

Our coalition was first formed in 2012 as an idea brought to life under the leadership of Rebecca Terrell, Executive Director of CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health. Leaders from across the state came together to affirm the need of a statewide coalition that would bring progressive organizations and people together who understood that full rights and equality of reproductive freedom and sexual health is imperative to people’s ability to have full autonomy over their lives.  

Since then HFTN has grown into a strong and respected force within our state, and we’re incredibly grateful to all who have been leaders within our coalition. We’re excited to announce a big transition in leadership. Read more to hear from staff themselves.

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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 [email protected].

Participants should be prepared to read from the Out of Silence script. **ALL AUDITIONING PARTIES MUST RSVP BY EMAILING SHAWN AT [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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.