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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Two June events at Cafe Istanbul highlight abortion rights (rescheduled)

Posted By on Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:53 PM

click to enlarge At a Feb. 10 Planned Parenthood rally, a supporter steps in front of an anti-abortion activist. - PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • PHOTO BY KAT STROMQUIST
  • At a Feb. 10 Planned Parenthood rally, a supporter steps in front of an anti-abortion activist.

Back-to-back events at Cafe Istanbul highlight abortion rights and emphasize the importance of abortion access in ever-more-restrictive Louisiana.

At New Orleans Abortion Fund's NOAF OutLoud event June 14, participants share realistic stories about experiences with abortion, whether that be work as a clinic escort and activist or the story of terminating a pregnancy. The event opens up a topic that, for a variety of reasons, isn't often discussed. (Similar initiatives, such as the #shoutyourabortion hashtag, have popped up on social media in the past few years.) There are multimedia and discussion components to the evening. It begins at 6 p.m. and is free to attend.

Lift Louisiana hosts a screening of Trapped, the documentary exploring Targeted Restriction of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws and the ways such legal restrictions harm women. (You can watch a trailer for the documentary on its website.) A panel discussion follows the screening, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $12. The June 21 event has been rescheduled for June 27.

As of May 1, the Guttmacher Institute (a research institution that studies reproductive health) found 31 newly-enacted restrictions on abortion nationwide in 2017. Other analysts also point to several potential restrictions on abortion funding in the American Health Care Act, the House-passed bill currently undergoing secretive debate in the Senate.

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