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During Your Abortion Access House Party

Below is a suggested agenda for your house party. This agenda is geared toward fostering a meaningful discussion on abortion access and encouraging guests to commit to showing up in support of abortion access in our state.

The agenda is set for 60 minutes, but you can make the event longer if you think your guests would be open to that. For an extended agenda, it’s recommended to add time to the discussion section. 

Don’t forget to take pictures or screenshots during the event! But before you do, please get guests’ consent to be in any photos. With everyone’s permission, we encourage you to post them on your social channels and tag Planned Parenthood Votes! Rhode Island (@ppvotesri) as well as send them to [email protected]!

10 minutes: Welcome.

This is time for your guests to arrive, grab food, and chit chat with one another.

5 minutes: Set the tone.

  • Gather the group together and thank everyone for coming to talk about abortion and the U.S. Supreme Court decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade and ended the federal constitutional right to abortion.
  • Review the community agreements below and see if the group has any questions.
    • We want to create a community that is respectful and safe! To help, here are a few agreements that all attendees should agree to follow:
      • The Platinum Rule: Treat people how they ask to be treated.
      • Assume best intentions, but acknowledge the impact of words and actions.
      • Las Vegas rules:  What’s said here, stays here. What’s learned here, leaves here.
      • One mic: When someone is speaking, don’t interrupt them!

5 minutes: Set the purpose.

Tell everyone about why the fight for reproductive rights is personal to you by:

  • sharing your own abortion story,
  • sharing about a time you helped a loved one get an abortion, or
  • sharing how you joined the reproductive rights movement.

See the Story of Self worksheet to develop and write your story.

Talk about the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and what that will mean for abortion access across the country.

  • Remind them that abortion is still safe and legal in Rhode Island, yet across the country millions of people have lost the right to control their bodies, their health, and their lives.
  • Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that established our right to safe, legal abortion in 1973. That constitutional right to abortion — which has been guaranteed for nearly 50 years — hangs in the balance now.  
  • This decision dangerously threatens access to abortion across the country. Up to 36 million women of reproductive age and even more people who can become pregnant but don’t identify as women could lose access to abortion in the coming weeks and months.

30 minutes: Discussion.

Shift to an open discussion. Need help? Use our guide for tips on talking about abortion.

Let the discussion flow naturally and ask probing questions to continue the conversation as needed: 

  • When did you first care about abortion access? 
  • What do you think led us to this moment of losing Roe v. Wade
  • How did you feel when you heard about the leaked Dobbs v. JWHO decision? How do you feel now?
  • How comfortable to you feel about talking about abortion? Why do you think it is challenging for some people? 
  • What is your experience with abortion? Have you had one or do you know someone who has? How has that shaped your activism? 
  • How has your view of abortion changed over time? 
  • What are your fears about what may happen here in Rhode Island?

10 minutes: Call to action!

Make your call to action as the discussion winds down but before the event ends.

Thank everyone for coming and engaging in a honest and deep conversation about abortion, but remind them, as they know, the work can’t stop once the party ends. Ask them to:

  • We need help to build power and elect champions for reproductive health and rights in Rhode Island. Guests can sign-up to volunteer to get involved and take action!
  • Text “ACCESS” to 22422 to join the movement to defend abortion rights for everyone. 
  • Send the invite to three friends who aren’t in the room. Have your group fill out this worksheet to create a list of people to reach out to. 
  • Give them a few minutes to complete the action before thanking them and ending the event.

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