The CDC reports that American youths between the ages of 15 and 24 make up half of the 20 million new STD cases in the United States each year.
Protesters carried signs with phrases ranging from “Respect Existence or Expect Resistance” to “My Ovaries Are Over It” to “Build Bridges, Not Walls.”
Debate over Planned Parenthood was renewed in recent months with the release of videos that allegedly showed leaders of the organization negotiating the sale of aborted fetal tissue. Supporters of Planned Parenthood argued that the videos were fraudulent and manipulated, while others called for the government to defund Planned Parenthood over the reports. Junior Christina Tudor, president of IC Planned Parenthood Generation Action, said this is not the first time a group has released videos intended to cause controversy about the organization, and IC Generation Action works to raise awareness around the issue.
Christina Tudor shares her Planned Parenthood story in light of the recent attacks against the organization. Her story begins in September 2013 and continues into the present as Planned Parenthood continues to be the catalyst for her activism.
Maureen Kelly, vice president for education and training at Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, kicked off the Women’s Studies event series with her presentation on human rights and sexual rights.