We are the 99%

March 26, 2006

Stiff Competition! Calling All Artists!

Planned Parenthood Western Pennsylvania's Action Fund (PPWPAF) proudly invites you to participate in Stiff Competition 2006: Firm Beliefs.

It's been two years since PPWPAF's last Stiff Competition, and things have certainly changed in the world of reproductive freedom. Abortion is banned in South Dakota, some women have been turned away from their local pharmacies when they tried to fill their birth control prescriptions, and more than half of all sexual assault victims can't obtain emergency contraception from statewide emergency rooms.

PPWPAF wants participants to be thinking about and supporting these major issues affecting reproductive freedom. They are asking entrants to create engaging and eye-catching posters that will be used to educate the public and legislature about three of Planned Parenthood's most vital issues.

They are issuing a call for artists to submit message designs based on one of the three current public awareness campaigns:

1. Emergency Contraception in Emergency Rooms
("EC in the ER") Securing statewide protocol that emergency contraception in available in all emergency rooms for victims of sexual assault.

2. Pharmacist refusals to fill contraceptive prescriptions
Individual pharmacists refusals to fill prescriptions and pharmacy chains refusal to sell contraceptives

3. Abortion bans
The recent South Dakota abortion ban is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and interferes with the constitutional right to make private, personal decisions about health care.Polls consistently show the majority of Americans support a woman's right to choose. Abortion ban legislation is wildly out of step with mainstream America. We want to let our governor and legislature no that we will NOT allow it to happen here.
Pieces can be submitted directly to Planned Parenthood offices at 933 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Additional information -- including Contest Rules and Entry Forms -- can be found at:
http://www.stiffcompetition.org


The artworks will be featured in an exhibition at The Andy Warhol Museum on June 8, 2006 and auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for PPWPAF. A panel of judges will select a winner in each theme category and an overall winner.

Deadline for entries is Friday, May 19th, 2006. There is no entry fee.

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