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April 26, 2019

Dear Planned Parenthood :

There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ It’s unfortunate because what a lot of people don’t realize is that when it comes to abortions — the women don’t want to remember either a traumatic experience or a genetic difficulty that their babies either had or they had. Being in that position is terrible and as a person who has known people who have gone through r*pe — they don’t ever want to be reminded of that event in their lives. People who are “ pro-life “ talk so much about us people who support abortion but they’ve never been in our position or have seen and supported victims like we have before. They don’t look at the bright side of things and knowing that there’s so much stigma around abortion and clinics — it takes so much courage to open up a clinic that involves this controversial topic. We are allies of what you all are doing and appreciate your hard work even when not everyone agrees with it. And as someone who has almost been aborted, it doesn’t change my view of abortion at all. It made me more woke on the topic. My mom went through that experience and it was hard because she didn’t know whether or not I was alive or dead in her womb. It made me realize how important this topic is and it’s not only for r*pe victims but it’s also significant to people who have a baby that could possibly die after birth. We appreciate your work and hope you all keep it up no matter what! Thank you.

The issue we have noticed is mostly the stigma around abortion. We have seen how women are presented as “ weak “ or “ murderer “ and it’s not fair because these women who have had abortions can’t always stop their pregnancy. There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them. Many women go through so much and getting abortions is more traumatic and although it is beneficial for them — there’s complications that surround them. The issue is that many people don’t realize our feelings and how we go through it. Abortions are hard and they’re better for us because we won’t have to go through too much trouble into taking care of a baby, worrying about when the baby will die due to complications in their cells and genes, and getting triggered at the fact that they have their r*pists face resembles the baby’s. The stigma around abortion is sad and shouldn’t continue hence why we are trying to raise awareness around it in order to make others feel sympathetic and have our backs especially when they never know what the victims go through. No matter how beautiful life is — sometimes it has to be taken away as a fetus. Not a human. And besides a fetus can’t remember anything when in the womb. It doesn’t hurts the fetus . The fetus isn’t alive. Pro lifers don’t understand that it’s a fetus not a human yet.

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Our topic is very controversial so there are quite a few tactics of social change. One tactic is marches which happen all over the world. In the marches, people hold up posters that share their opinions. Some opposers show up at the marches which can be triggering to the people who are pro-choice. One image that we observed is a womxn holding a sign that says she had an abortion facing a man who is against abortions. Firstly, this image is powerful because she has the courage of sharing this personal experience with thousands. Secondly, she faces a man who opposes her decision but she still looks proud of herself. Another tactic that is used is public art which is also spread throughout the world. An image we saw shows a wall saying “HER BODY HER CHOICE” (The Daily Beast). This tactic can aware others because it can catch a pedestrian’s attention very quickly. There are many other tactics used for this topic but these two seem to be the most effective.

Our plan is to visit Planned Parenthood in West Oakland and interview people at Planned Parenthood and collect pamphlets. We hope to pass out the pamphlets at our school and set up a table during lunch to spread awareness and information. We plan to go after school on Monday. We will get a bus pass from Ms. Venus at our school to help support this. We are also going to get permission from our administration to set up a table Tuesday after school to share this information with other students about Planned Parenthood. We will also like to put posters around the school to advertise our topic and raise awareness. Finally, we have an instagram called @prochoiceoverlife to inform people who are on the social media platform as well.

Sincerely,

Doraneli & Valerie

Annotated bibliography

Avert. “Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers.” Understanding Abortion Stigma and Shame | Accessing Abortion in Illinois: A Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers | The University of Chicago, abguide.uchicago.edu/page/understanding-abortion-stigma-and-shame.

Speaks upon the stigma and shame around abortion.

Avert. “Possible Physical Side Effects After Abortion.” American Pregnancy Association, American Pregnancy Association, 3 Sept. 2016, americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-side-effects/.

This article speaks about the consequences of an abortion and what an abortion does to a woman.

Bachiochi, Erika. “How Abortion Hurts Women.” Catholic News Agency, Catholic News Agency, June 2005, www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/abortion/after-an-abortion/how-abortion-hurts-women.

This evidence is coming from a catholic website which is obviously biased. This site claims that a person can get breast cancer from getting an abortion which is untrue because scientists / doctors still haven’t found a correlation between the two. Abortion has recently had a negative stigma and this article adds on to it.

“Emotional Side Effects After an Abortion.” American Pregnancy Association, American Pregnancy Association, 3 Sept. 2016, americanpregnancy.org/unplanned-pregnancy/abortion-emotional-effects/.

This article talks about what women emotionally experiences after an abortion.

Flanders, Nancy. “10 Reasons Women Should Be pro-Life.” Live Action News, Live Action, 3 Nov. 2015, 1:12pm, www.liveaction.org/news/10-reasons-women-pro-life/.

This quote is saying that when you are pregnant you show power but if you have an abortion it shows weakness which is not right and can cause guilt.

Korotana, Almas, et al. “7 Ways to Be a Male Ally on Abortion.” Girls’ Globe, Girls’ Globe, 19 Mar. 2019, www.girlsglobe.org/2018/12/13/7-ways-male-ally-abortion/.

This article teaches people how to not be so quick to judge women when it comes to abortions. Also, it shows how to be a male ally to women who are considering or have had an abortion.

North, Anna. “A Texas Bill Would Allow the Death Penalty for Patients Who Get Abortions.” Vox, Vox, 11 Apr. 2019, www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/11/18304825/abortion-texas-tony-tinderholt-death-penalty-bill.

Talks about how Texas is making up a new law so when a woman gets an abortion they get death penalty which is really sad to hear since it should not be considered a crime.

Power, Jack. “Thousands March in Dublin in Support of Eighth Amendment.” The Irish Times, The Irish Times, 1 July 2017, www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/thousands-march-in-dublin-in-support-of-eighth-amendment-1.3140573.

This is showing a woman who is not using violence or her voice but the poster she made to fight against a pro life protester.

The Daily Beast. “Mississippi Judge Blocks Abortion Ban, Slams ‘Controlling’ Male Lawmakers.” The Daily Beast, The Daily Beast Company, 21 Nov. 2018, www.thedailybeast.com/mississippi-judge-blocks-abortion-ban-slams-controlling-male-lawmakers.

This is public art and here the artists write her body her choice which demonstrates how no one else can be in control of a womxn’s decision.

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8 Comments
  1. Devin 1 month ago

    I was very relieved when i saw your post about “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood” as it’s hard to find someone who believes abortion is not a bad thing. People are to focused on the fact that babies are killed with abortion and fail to think about the benefits and ways it helps people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is your first sentence “There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ I feel like this sentence is so important because it shows how brave you have to be to support this position. For example many people disagree and are willing to argue about it. Anyway thank you for writing and i appreciate you for sharing your opinion. I am excited to see what you have to say in the next post but in the meanwhile come check out my blog and see what i have to say about this whole situation.
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  2. Kaylee 1 month ago

    Dear Doranelo & Valeri
    To begin with thank you I agree with what you’re saying. Although I am pro-life I am impressed with your letter to Planned Parenthood because this is a very risky and sensitive topic that hits home. I was also very excited to read this because I recently did a research project on the topic abortion so this intrigued me. One sentence that really stood out to me was where you said “there’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them”. Wow that was really powerful and well said many do not understand the true meaning of this. I feel you should have included more to the pro-life side as well to show the point of view of both.

  3. Audrey 2 months ago

    Valerie and Doraneli,

    I think that your article was a very thought provoking read. I also believe in abortion rights. I think your guys’ idea to spread awareness with Planned Parenthood is very creative. One suggestion I have for you two is that I think it could be more effective if you used more scientific terms in your argument. For example, I think it could be good if you found a biological term to replace “clump of cells”. I think that being more technical might help people who don’t believe in abortion rights understand your perspective. Great job on your article

    Sincerely,
    Audrey

  4. Dustin Voss 2 months ago

    Doraneli & Valerie,

    Thank you for your post and letter to Planned Parent Hood. The organization has a clinic less than 2 blocks from my work and has helped many many people I’m connected to. In my 11 years of working, I’ve never seen outright protests around the clinic, but I do know there are those in our community (South Side Chicago) that do consider life at conception. I think you’re right to call this controversial. In fact, I think many things people discuss as controversial are not actually because if thought carefully about enough, you see that an initial position being argued can’t be strongly supported by evidence or even by any of the lists of shared values that Americans suppose we hold. In this instance, I fall strongly on your side that value that ought to be prioritized here is a persons freedom over their own choices (and in this case perhaps the most native choice, choice over your own body.) For people that prioritize life, even at conception first, I wonder if they have thought over this value and faced up against their own prioritization that would put their own choice over bodies below the value of innate biological expression that begins at sexual reproduction (which they will call life.) In the end, I like your tack, because I think the solution is education. Even then we still have a legitimately controversial issue, but at least we’d have less name calling and recognitions of the values we are championing.

  5. Jaydin 2 months ago

    Dear Doraneli and Valerie,
    I was really excited when I found your post about “Abortion Rights: Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because it is a topic that hits home for me. This subject takes a lot of courage to talk about because of the so many controversial views and stigmas behind it. One sentence you wrote that really stands out for me is, “There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them.” After I read this it made me think about how many people truly do not understand the meaning of this. I read somewhere onetime, a story that another female was sharing on an encounter she had with a male. He had taken off the condom in the middle of intercourse and ejaculated inside of her without her knowledge. This happens more often than people talk about. Another sentence that I liked was, “Another tactic that is used is public art which is also spread throughout the world.” It stood out to me because it gave me something new to look into, because I did not know this. One more thing I want to comment on is all the wonderful things you both are trying to accomplish in bringing awareness to Planned Parenthood. Keep it up! Thank you so much for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.

  6. Vanessa Vasquez 2 months ago

    Dear Valerie:
    I am amazed by what the letter you wrote, “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,”
    because I know many people have similar opinions and stories as yours but are afraid to speak up about what they believe in. It is nice seeing youth have such strong feelings towards something and having the courage to do such thing to make a difference. Seeing how passionate you are about this topic and so knowledgable is something else that amazed me. A part you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t look at the bright side of things and knowing that there’s so much stigma around abortion and clinics — it takes so much courage to open up a clinic that involves this controversial topic. We are allies of what you all are doing and appreciate your hard work even when not everyone agrees with it. And as someone who has almost been aborted, it doesn’t change my view of abortion at all.” I think this is important for you to share your personal opinion and real life experiences because you allow the reader to know your input and how much this topic resonates to you. Knowing so many people have opinions opposite than yours, you still managed to stay firm about relying a positive message. Your post reminds me so much of my own opinion on abortions and I am full of joy that youth, just like you, are speaking up for many of us!

  7. Lizbeth 2 months ago

    Dear Doraneli and Valerie:

    I am impressed with your letter, “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because you hit a risky topic for many people for the same reason you mentioned, there are many people split in decision to this topic. As well I really liked how in your letter you can almost hear the passion to your opinion that women should not be judged if they decide to abort. Now, I agree because it is common sense that if it is not your body, no one should be commenting on what you can and cannot do! Going on, a sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them.” I think this is a powerful phrase because it gives the rape or consent opinion another context. What I mean by that is that I agree with you two that even though you gave consent to one thing, does not mean women give consent to the full process or this is another way of seeing rape. I also like that you guys mentioned Planned Parenthood because they do get so many controversy opinions to supporting this but, it is important for them to keep going for the women who do not want to bring a child to this world to suffer. Overall, I think your topic is something that is a cause for concern because I cannot remember right now but there recently I heard news where young girls cannot abort if they do not seem responsible or in their full senses (correct me if I am wrong), which sounds insane. I think it is time for women to be in charge of their decisions and bodies; and we are here to support. Lastly, I like how you two are trying to educate others and take time out of your day to visit Planned Parenthood, encourages me to try and help the movement, good luck in your process. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next.

  8. Angela 2 months ago

    Dear Doraneli & Valerie,
    I want to start off with saying, Thank you!! and I agree with y’all. Both of you are talking about a law that was made due to Roe vs. Wade(1973). Sadly, abortion is being seen as a sin and those who have never had an abortion and or men do not understand what a female has been through.I am pro-choice and it has truly been heart breaking seeing men and women standing outside planned parenthood with a poster saying” Murderer”. Planned Parenthood is so much more than just an abortion clinic, it is a clinic where both men and women can get personal test done without feeling judged. I agree, an embryo isn’t consider a baby till the female is more than six weeks pregnant. I applaud you both for saying this “Many women go through so much and getting abortions is more traumatic and although it is beneficial for them — there’s complications that surround them” because those who are against do not understand how it affects the women mentally, physically and emotionally. Thank you for choosing this topic, to write about. At the age of seventeen I went to Planned Parenthood to get more information about who they were because growing up in a Catholic family, abortion wasn’t an option and I didn’t know that this organization does so much more than helping women. I hope you both continue to support and raise your voice on this topic and law that so many congress men and women want to revoke this right. Once again, thank you!! I wish you both the very best and I hope to continue reading your post on other topics y’all write about.

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