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Share your Stories

Your stories Maritimes is a pro-choice website where people from the Atlantic Provinces can submit their stories about reproductive rights.

Through Your Choice Halifax and Your Stories Maritimes, The South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre, in partnership with the Halifax Sexual Health Centre wants to offer people of all genders an alternative to coercive messages and misinformation about abortion, adoption and parenting, and help to inform the community of the many pro-choice services available to them.

We want to share stories because we know that accessing reproductive health care can be a mysterious and difficult process. By sharing our stories we hope to show people on the East Coast that they are not alone, and to help them navigate the medical system, and the stigma that surrounds reproductive health care.

Watch for the launch of Your Stories Maritimes in the summer of 2014.

Want to submit your story? We are currently accepting submissions. Email yourstoriesmaritimes@gmail.com for more information.

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New Halifax Bus Ads Talk Choice

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On Monday, Halifax transit users will have a new message; one that is positive and empowers them to choose. Over $4000 dollars was crowd funded to create and share a Pro-Choice message to contrast anti-choice ads that have appeared on Metro Transit for years, frequently with misguiding or plainly incorrect information. Ads for South House and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre will let transit users know they can have access to the best information that empowers individuals to make the right decision for their situation.

“We were all blown away by the support we received, and by how quickly it came in,” says Jean Ketterling, Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator at South House. “Some people were giving $17 or $23 knowing that every extra dollar counted to helping us spread the message.”

“It’s critical this message appears on transit,” agrees Jude Ashburn, Outreach Coordinator at South House. “This is an important step for gender justice in Nova Scotia and sends a signal to people all over Canada.”

“To be pro-choice means to support reproductive rights for people of all genders,” the ads read. “Pro choice organizations provide information about abortion, adoption, and parenting. Our organizations provide many services that support a person’s right to choose whether or not to have sex, become pregnant and whether or not to have children.”

The ads point to http://www.yourchoicehalifax.com, a website that contains access to accurate information, ways to get in touch with The South House and The Halifax Sexual Health Centre, and a list of organizations that respect the individual’s rights to accurate information. The website will also be the hub for The South House’s other pro-choice initiatives in the coming months.

While fundraising, the campaign gained international recognition for both the clarity and the respectful tone of the messaging. Those interested in tracking the campaign can use #mychoiceHalifax when sharing pictures of the ads they have spotted on busses. There are also pins and stickers with Pro-Choice messages at The South House and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre.

South House Halifax and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre are proud to be two of several pro-choice organizations that provide resources, information and support 365 days a year, regardless of a person’s choice. To learn more about our organizations visit the pro-choice resource page at https://yourchoicehalifax.com/pro-choice-resources/.

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Previously: http://o.canada.com/news/halifax-organization-raising-money-to-counter-anti-abortion-transit-ads/

CONTACT

Jude Ashburn
Outreach Coordinator at South House
(902) 494-2432
Outreach@southhousehalifax.ca

Allison Sparling
Campaign Coordinator
(902) 488-7109
Allison.sparling@gmail.com

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Update

Hello everyone!

We want to thank you again for all of your support through this campaign and give you an update on what’s been happening. Over the past two weeks we’ve been working hard to design an advertisement and buttons for the campaign and to calculate all the final donation numbers (thanks to those of you who sent cheques via snail-mail, they’re exciting surprises!). We’re hoping to release this design to you very soon and will keep you updated as the campaign progresses.

In solidarity,

The South House and the pro-choice campaigners

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We did it!

February 1, 2014

Over the past two weeks, Halifax has made a choice.
Halifax chose facts over disinformation.
Halifax chose to empower people to make their own decisions.
Halifax chose to be proactive instead of reactive.

Halifax chose to help the South House and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre advertise their services on Metro Transit and to validate that when it comes to your body, it’s your choice.

Donations from our community, large and small, have helped us surpass our goal of $4000. We will still accept donations through the GoFundMe ( http://www.gofundme.com/65csh0) and cheques. Any extra donations will go towards other campaign resources.
The ad will be released in the coming weeks and on public transit soon.

This may be a tremendous victory, but the fight for reproductive rights and justice continues. We encourage everyone to speak out and learn more. For more information and opportunities to be part of our movement visit southhousehalifax.ca and halifaxsexualhealth.ca

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Help Halifax Know Choice

This press release initially appeared on the Go Fund Me page for the campaign

There’s been lots of conversations about anti-choice ads placed in Halifax’s Metro Transit buses and bus shelters.

The South House Sexual and Gender Resource Centre, in partnership with the Halifax Sexual Health Centre would like to offer an alternative to these messages, and help inform the community of the many pro-choice services available to them.

Even before the most recent ads, organizations that masquerade as health services have advertised on transit, seemingly hoping to target younger and more vulnerable women. These organizations are explicit about their intentions to dissuade people from having abortions on their websites but do not provide this information on their bus ads, nor do they properly disclaim their bias.

We won’t stand for unscientific claims and confusing messaging any longer. We think choices surrounding pregnancy can be difficult enough to navigate without hidden agendas.

It’s not okay to deliberately mislead and shame people.

South House Halifax and the Halifax Sexual Health Centre are proud to be two of several pro-choice organizations that provide resources, information and support 365 days a year, regardless of a person’s choice. To learn more about South House Halifax, visit southhousehalifax.ca. To learn more about the Halifax Sexual Health Centre visit http://www.halifaxsexualhealth.ca/.

We need you to help us get that message out to the public.

We are eager to get good information out there and to support people who need our services. We especially want to offer an alternative and empowering message to transit users.

We have graphic designers donating time in-kind, so the only cost that remains is buying the ad space on Halifax Metro Transit busses.

You can help us get on the bus.

Your choice to donate even $12 will counter misinformation both in Halifax busses and help us take a stand with all people who are fighting anti-choice misinformation everywhere. Help us inform transit riders to of all the options that exist, and of organizations that support their right to choose, whatever that choice may be.

Signed,
South House Halifax, in partnership with the Halifax Sexual Health Centre

http://www.southhousehalifax.ca
http://www.halifaxsexualhealth.ca