jenn’s tiny revolution

  • date: 9 september 2020
  • challenge category: status of women
  • selected tactic: tiny sabotage
  • difficulty rating: lawyer up
  • current status: completed

the doing: a counter-prayer for jenn

the rebels addressed jenns’ concerns around recent legislation in s.a regarding the right to ‘silent prayer’ outside abortion health clinics, causing distress and stigmatisation with the intent to ‘shame’ women wanting to undertake an abortion. the team devised a counter-prayer solution which was made into a digital pamphlet and posted onto pro-life facebook groups.

 

the submission:

what overwhelms you?

“I’m concerned that people who get pregnant still cannot choose to terminate a pregnancy without being exposed to protest, danger, resistance and barriers.”

and why?

“It’s 2020, for fucks sake. I’ve been a pro-abortion activist for over 25 years and I’m tired. In SA politicians are arguing over a piece of legislation which includes the right to “silent prayer”… which means that large groups of fundamentalist Christians will *still* be able to gather just outside health clinics to protest in a Bill which is called “Safe Access Zones” and was supposed to exclude them. It’s a debacle.

jenn, 9.9.20.

the thinking:

what is the idea we are moving forward with?

rights of women for abortion

support for the establishment of safe access zones in SA to align with other states.  no protesting within 150 metre radius of abortion clinics. 

silent prayer to be included as harmful protest that causes women distress, stigmatisation and judgment. Its intended use is to shame. 

how can we do it?

tiny sabotage – sabotage a local pro-life group.

making a counter silent prayer pamphleft about reproductive rights of women

https://castancentre.com/2020/06/26/silent-prayer-should-have-no-place-outside-abortion-clinics/

where does it need to take place?

online, pro life demo

are there any legal implications to the activity?

yes, lawyer up.