Hobby Lobby ruling gives impetus to Lizz Winstead’s Lady Parts Justice effort

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The Lady Parts Justice team in action in Brooklyn, New York.

When the U.S. Supreme Court decided that some employers have the right to deny health care based on religious beliefs last week, Lizz Winstead and her comrades in Lady Parts Justice were ready. The website’s official launch doesn’t happen until July 15, but Winstead’s Brooklyn-based crew posted this video, which went viral amid the initial outrage last Monday, and it hasn’t stopped reverberating yet:

“In 2014 alone, there’s been over 700 pieces of legislation proposed to curb some kind of reproductive health,” said Winstead from her home office in New York on the 4th of July. “Thirty-one states, including Minnesota, allow a rapist to sue for custody if a pregnancy occurs from a rape. This is the world we live in. What discourages me is how much of this is coming down. What profoundly encourages me is when people find out about it they want to join up and they’re outraged and they really like using humor and using language that is raw and funny and not appropriate to get the message out.”

At the moment the message is that the War on Women is being lost, but that it has a fighting chance with thought leaders like Winstead, who has long championed women’s reproductive health rights, from her days supporting Rock For Choice benefits in her hometown of Minneapolis to the last two years of her life, which have been spent organizing and performing benefits for Planned Parenthood and independent clinics.

“Right now I’m the face, but I’m not a one-woman band,” she said. “There’s a team of people that has come together who understand the profundity of what’s happening and who can’t imagine doing anything else. No one is pushing the boundaries like we are, and I think it’s OK to make people mad. There’s people who think you should never enter humor into this arena, and then there’s people like me who say, ‘This arena is called health care. This arena is not called religion.’ And I don’t shy away from the word abortion, and I don’t fall on the shame sword because I had an abortion.

Lizz Winstead
Photo by Michael Young
Lizz Winstead

“We’re just one little tiny organization trying to reinvent what it means to celebrate ourselves. We’re saying, ‘We’re cool, we’re awesome, we’re the ones who want to have super fun righteous sex and we don’t necessarily want to have your kid. How did we become the bad guys of the sexual revolution again?’ ”

The July 15 website launch is the first order of business for Lady Parts Justice, followed by the Sept. 27 planned call-to-arms “V To Shining V,” in which pro-choice people across the country are being asked to come together to organize and rabble-rouse about the state of women’s reproductive freedoms.

“What we really want people to do is not unlike what Minnesotans United for All Families did with their house parties,” said Winstead. “We’re encouraging a national day of house parties and block parties in bars or your house. Invite people over, drink, celebrate, talk about what’s happening. We’re going to send you a kit that has a game in it and tattoos and all this fun stuff. Parties will be throughout the day, with the focus being on talking about what’s on the ballot and reminding people what’s at stake in the midterms.

“I’ll be damned if I’m going to let the media tell me people aren’t going to be out to vote. Ten million more women than men voted in the last election, and we have to keep that momentum going. Sept. 27 is a day for people to get together and say, ‘You know, between now and the midterm elections, we’re going to make a pledge to get people out to vote and talk about how [screwed] up it is in the states.’”

Between now and then and however long it takes, Lady Parts Justice will be at the forefront of the fight.

“It feels really good,” said Winstead of her team’s most recent work. “We want to get people psyched. We’re all exhausted, but we feel like we’re doing work that matters and just the teaser videos that we’ve been putting out have been received very well. People have been loving it.”

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Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 07/08/2014 - 01:13 pm.

    So much for facts….

    The misinformation and mischaracterization of the SCOTUS decision continues.

    It seems the left will do whatever is necessary to frame the debate on their terms in order to energize the uniformed voters.

    It is sad that MinnPost is a co-conspirator in this propaganda.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 07/08/2014 - 02:46 pm.

      Yeah…

      it’s almost as if they took a page from the Republican playbook. Of course, Lizz is no Lee Atwater or Karl Rove, but hey…who is?

    • Submitted by Joe Musich on 07/08/2014 - 10:02 pm.

      Go LPJ

      And what do you say about the Republican appointed Federal judge who openly publically commented negatvely about the SCOTUS HobLob ? Here is one link :
      http://www.mediaite.com/online/federal-judge-on-hobby-lobby-decision-scotus-should-stfu/
      Hardly left wing manipulation.

    • Submitted by Ray Schoch on 07/09/2014 - 09:07 am.

      What are “the facts?”

      I’ve not read the entire Hobby Lobby decision, but am nonetheless curious about the facts Mr. Gotzman feels have been mischaracterized. What is it about the decision that’s being mischaracterized?

    • Submitted by Josh William on 07/09/2014 - 09:49 am.

      Lack of examples by a religious conservative, what else is new?

      Ron, do you care to point out examples of this “misinformation”, or are you just going to loosely complain about the issue? To me, it sounds like your complaint is about as vague as the “misinformation” that you speak of.

  2. Submitted by Jon Lord on 07/08/2014 - 02:22 pm.

    So Ron

    What exactly is your take on it?

  3. Submitted by David Frenkel on 07/08/2014 - 11:22 pm.

    Men rule

    It is always amusing to see healthcare legislation affecting women being ceremoniously being signed by male legislators.
    Not sure why women tolerate men telling them what they can do with their bodies.

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