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As originally published in Stu News Laguna on Tuesday, January 17, 2023.

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, the [Community Action Fund of] Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties hosted a new storytelling project event in Laguna Beach. This immersive art experience provided a unique opportunity to preview the “My Body, My Voice” project – an interactive video recording booth – ahead of its official launch later this month to see how the project is engaging supporters in a whole new way. 

The installation was at the Laguna Beach Cultural Arts Center (LBCAC) then moved to Main Beach on Friday, Jan. 13. 

“My Body, My Voice” is a storytelling project brought to you by California Planned Parenthood Education Fund in partnership with VoiceBox that amplifies peoples’ stories in the fight for equity and reproductive freedom. The project especially “seeks to highlight the stories of people from diverse backgrounds, as restrictive reproductive legislation has disproportionate effects on people of color and others who already face barriers to care.”

Community Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties project staff with the “My Body My Voice” video recording booth at LBCAC (L-R) Jamie Peacock, Sadaf Rahmani, Peyton Chambers, Andrea Schmidt and Ulysses Mora-Rodriguez.

Honoring the history and impact of storytelling in the fight for abortion rights, the project seeks to travel the state to build an archive of diverse and inclusive stories: whether the story is about abortion, birth control, family, experiences, rights, or the rights of others – participants tell why the right to reproductive freedom matters to them.

For more information, visit www.plannedparenthood.org.