Ben Johnson


Bards for abortion: Planned Parenthood asks writers, poets to perform at ‘celebration’ of Roe

Ben Johnson

MADISON, November 13, 2012, ( - Planned Parenthood is recruiting writers and poets to compose short performance pieces celebrating the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

An announcement on the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Facebook page asks the Badger State’s creative forces to write “a story about how access or lack of access to birth control, family planning, safe or unsafe abortion care affected/affects your life.  No professional writing or stage experience required or desired.”

Auditions will be held “BY APPOINTMENT ONLY” (emphasis in original) on Saturday in Madison.

“Members of Madison’s creative community” will choose between 5-10 pieces, which are to run no longer than five minutes.

The finalists will perform their work at the Majestic Theater on Sunday, January 27 at a “celebration” of the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide. 

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“We encourage everyone to audition: all ages, genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations,” the announcement states.

Those interested in auditioning are urged to “call Lori Greenberg at 608-256-7549 ext. 2137.”

“Is there any level too low for Planned Parenthood to stoop?” Wisconsin Right to Life, which publicized the call for auditions, asked. “They will not select a story from a woman who regrets her abortions.”

The pro-life organization is hosting a Concert for Life featuring Collin Raye and Sanctus Real on January 11.

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