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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Last stand for choice in Mississippi

In Jackson, Mississippi, a red state in the heart of the bible belt, the battle over abortion was kicked into high gear when an eight day anti-abortion demonstration ensued in the state's capital this past summer. On one side: activists fighting to save the last abortion clinic in the state. On the other: Operation Save America trying to shut it down.

On this edition, with mid-term elections upon us, Making Contact's Sarah Olson takes a closer look at the Mississippi women fighting for reproductive justice as they try to save the one remaining abortion clinic in the state. Pictured left to right: Michelle Colón, President of Jackson NOW, with NOW activists Felicia Brown and Tyffine Jones at the Mississippi Statehouse.


Pastor Flip Benham, director, Operation Save America; Adam Tenant, Operation Save America; McCoy Faulkner, women's organizations and abortion clinics security officer and retired cop; Betty Thompson, counselor and administrator, Jackson Women's Health Organization; Michelle Colón, president, National Organization for Women Jackson Area; Shannon Reace, Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Coalition HIV/AIDS advocate; Norma McCorvey, lead plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, but now anti-abortion activist; Kim Ghandy, president, National Organization for Women (NOW); Jenni Smith, Unity Mississippi; Shauna Davie, Jackson State University student.

Senior Producer/Host: Tena Rubio.
Freelance Producer: Sarah Olson.

For more information::

Jackson Women's Health Organization
2903 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216

National Women's Health Organization
3613 Haworth Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

National Organization for Women (NOW)
1100 H Street NW, 3rd floor
Washington, D.C. 20005
202-628-8669 (628-8NOW)

Feminist Majority Foundation
1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209

National Abortion Federation
1755 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
202-667-5881; naf@prochoice.org

Guttmacher Institute
120 Wall Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10005

ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project

Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Project
ACLU of Jackson, Mississippi
601-355-6464; missrfp@yahoo.com

Unity Mississippi
P.O. Box 4212
Jackson, MS 39296

Greener Magazine and NRP

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