Roe v. Wade anniversary approaching; intense party-planning ensues

As the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision is approaching (dated January 22nd), massive parties and fundraisers in celebration and support are in the works. And with this coming year’s anticipated attacks on reproductive justice, there’s no better time to start mobilizing.

The fabulous Shelby Knox and Steph Herold are throwing a huge party on Saturday the 22nd at a joint in downtown NYC (see to the right) with tons of awesome feminists and organizations attending (including some Feministing folk!); all proceeds will go to the New York Abortion Access Fund (NYAAF).

Feminists for Choice also has a round-up of a few other parties happening (in Tuscon, Dallas and NYC). NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon is hosting a “Chocolate for Choice” party and I’m loving Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific and NARAL Pro-Choice California’s 70s party to commend the 1973 ruling. (See comments below for the yummy, disco-ballin’ details.) Also, screenings in Chicago for the documentary, Silent Choices.

What are you doing for Roe v. Wade’s anniversary? We want to include other events outside of NYC on here, so add any events you know of in comments and I’ll add it to the post!

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  • Faith Pennick

    There will be two screenings of my documentary “Silent Choices,” about Black women and abortion. Both will happen on Friday, Jan 21.

    Chicago – Northwestern University Law School; McCormick Hall, 350 E. Superior in Strawn Hall (Room 195). Panel discussion (filmmaker will participate), 1:30 p.m. Film screening, 2:30 p.m. (filmmaker Q&A afterwards) FREE ADMISSION

    Louisville, KY – 6:30 pm- 9:00 pm
    Please contact Lindsay Gargotto for location at 502-553-8581 or

    For more info on the film, go to

  • Sara

    Portland Oregon!

    NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon’s annual celebration of Roe v Wade, Chocolate for Choice, is coming up on January 22! Taste the best chocolate Portland has to offer from fantastic local businesses like Saint Cupcake, Piece of Cake, Missionary Chocolates, Two Tarts, Sweet Masterpiece, New Cascadia Traditional, Pie Spot and Grand Central Bakery, while celebrating a woman’s right to choose.

    Admission is $15, which includes two chocolates and hosted coffee and wine.
    The event will take place at the EcoTrust, at 721 NW 9th Avenue in Portland from 7-10 pm.

  • Sarah

    NARAL Pro-Choice California is throwing a party in SF, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific. From the FB event:

    It’s the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and in honor of the landmark 1973 decision, we’re putting on a party — 70’s style!

    Please join: NARAL Pro-Choice California & Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific
    WHEN: Friday, January 21st at 8pm
    WHERE: Element Lounge, 1028 GearySt., San Francisco
    RSVP: Please e-mail Sarah La Due at

    Admission is free, and EVERYONE is welcome! Bring your friends, roommates, and/or significant others!
    The first 100 attendees will receive 2 free drink tickets.
    70’s attire is strongly encouraged!

  • Sarah


    NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and our wonderful host committee on Thursday, January 27 from 5:30-8:00pm for a reception at Mercury Hall in Austin to celebrate Roe v. Wade as it turns 38.

    Tickets are $25 if you’re 25 and under. Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

    Visit: for more info and to purchase tickets!

    • Shannon Drury

      The Minnesota Choice Coalition is hosting a happy hour to celebrate the Roe anniversary!
      * Thursday, January 20th, 2011
      * 6:00 – 8:00 pm
      * Thom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen, located at Hennepin & 6th Street S: 533 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
      * Light appetizers will be served. Cash bar. Suggested minimum donation $5. Valet parking in the Plymouth building (where restaurant is located).

  • Emily

    After you’ve hit up NARAL & PP’s party Friday, keep the party going with a Pro-Choice Rally and Parade Saturday in San Francisco!

    This year we’re celebrating on the actual day of the ruling – so bring your signs, your noise
    makers, your bullhorns and parade your Pro-Choice self down the Embarcadero in SF. The event is put on by Bacorr, the Bay Area Coalition for Our Reproductive Rights.

    WHEN: Saturday, January 22, 2011
    Rally at 11, Parade at Noon
    At the rally, share your motivation for being active, and your experience with choice. Speakers include local & national feminsts, Raging Grannies & Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
    WHERE: Harry Bridges Plaza, the median strip across from the Ferry Building (Go to end of Market @ Embarcadero. Cross Embarcadero, we’re on the median strip!)
    WHY: To Celebrate our Reproductive Rights!

    The event is free! Creative signs, outfits and demonstrations welcomed. Everyone is invited!

    See you there~

    For more info, please visit us at