Support Planned Parenthood and Reproductive Rights

 

Each Friday in Olympia from 7:30am to 9:30am and/or from 4:00 to 5:30pm come stand in support of Planned Parenthood on Legion Way. Men especially are encouraged to come out. In a culture historically controlled by men, consider the power of the statement made by a group of men standing in support: for women, for women's health care, and for reproductive choice.

Come down and stand. Bring yourself. Bring a sign of support if you have one. Stand for the whole period, for an hour a week, or for an hour each month. Stand for one hour only, if that is what you have. It will cost you little, and you will receive much.

 

NOTE: The morning stand overlaps with a period of time during which Forced Birth/Anti-Choice protesters are present, demonstrating to outlaw abortion and against Planned Parenthood, typically with their most assaultive signage. We do not generally engage with them, and there have been very few problems with these individuals. The evening stand has most often only involved those who support Planned Parenthood, however Forced Birth/Anti-Choice protesters are presently engaged in a 40-day period lasting until Easter during which they are now present from dawn to dusk every day.

Additionally, on the last Friday of January and the 1st two Fridays of February, out-of-town right-wing bigots of the Patriot Prayer Group showed up during the morning stands, purportedly in support of anti-choice protesters, and clashed with a group of young people belonging to a local Antifa group who came to oppose them. On those 3 Friday mornings, there were some physical altercations, the release of pepper spray, and the response of police, culminating in a brawl on the morning of Friday the 9th. Neither the individuals of the Patriot Prayer Group nor the Antifa group have since shown up on subsequent Fridays. If there are further changes about this, additional information will be posted here.