Every year, the National Secular Student Alliance hears about amazing things that our students, affiliate groups, Secular Safe Zone Allies, and advisors are doing. When we hear of an individual or group doing something especially awesome, we present them with an Award for Outstanding Activism for their exemplary work.
Earlier this year, the inaptly named Center for Medical Progress released highly edited videos where actors pretended to be from a biotechnology company and talked to Planned Parenthood staff about fetal tissue. The videos have since shown to be false, and every investigation into Planned Parenthood has shown that there has been no wrong doing, but that hasn't stopped legislators around the country attempting to defund Planned Parenthood at the state and national levels. Defunding Planned Parenthood would not lower the abortion rate, but would rather withold funding from vital programs like breast and cervical cancer screenings, STI testing, education, and more. Defunding Planned Parenthood would take away low cost health care to people who need it most.
We at the Secular Student Alliance national office are proud to stand with Planned Parenthood, and this is why we are proud to present both the University of Cincinnati Secular Student Alliance and Freethinkers and Skeptics at Missouri State University with Awards for Outstanding Activism! Both groups were a part of rallies or protests in favor of Planned Parenthood.
The University of Cincinnati SSA teamed up with a local off-campus group, the Tri-State Freethinkers, for their rally on the University of Cincinnati campus! They gathered in front of the Tangeman University Center and held signs in support and shared stories of how Planned Parenthood has helped them. What was great about this event in particular was seeing all types of people involved in this rally - parents, children, university students, and people from the community all came together in support. They even got some local media coverage! Great work, University of Cincinnati SSA and Tri-State Freethinkers! We hope that your organizations continue to work together to pursue such great work.