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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 when the Supreme Courts makes its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

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 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 mins: Set the Tone

  1. Gather the group together and thank everyone for coming to talk about abortion and the upcoming Supreme Court decision, which could overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion.
  2. 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 mins: 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.

Inform them about the upcoming Supreme Court case: Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and talk about what it could mean for your state.

  • In the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the state of Mississippi has asked the Supreme Court to uphold its unconstitutional abortion ban at 15 weeks of pregnancy AND outright overrule Roe v. Wade.
  • 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.  
  • A leaked draft court document shows that the Supreme Court plans to overturn Roe v. Wade when it decides on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (JWHO) case. It would end our right to abortion and dangerously threaten access to abortion across the country. If the Supreme Court decides to reverse nearly 50 years of precedent, it could affect 36 million women of reproductive age and even more people who can become pregnant but don’t identify as women.
  • Share your research on what this means for your state.

30 mins: Open Discussion

Shift to an open discussion by asking the group if they knew about the upcoming Supreme Court case and what it means for abortion access.

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 being at risk of losing Roe v. Wade
  • How did you feel when you heard about the leaked Dobbs v. JWHO decision?
  • 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 the loss of abortion access in [STATE]?

10  mins: 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:

  1. Commit to turn out in support of abortion on the day the Supreme Court announces their decision in Dobbs v. JWHO, which is anticipated to be at the end of June.
  • Text “ACCESS” to 22422 to join the movement to defend abortion rights for everyone. 
  1. 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. 
  2. Give them a few minutes to complete the action before thanking them and ending the event.

For more information:

This teach-in toolkit has additional resources and guidance for planning an event, including a sample agenda and guidance on accessibility.

Hosting a teach-in is similar to hosting an abortion access house party.

Return to the House Party Toolkit's homepage


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