With new bills being introduced and passed in various states across the U.S. regarding access to abortion services and birth control, Christiana Woodcock decided to put her misgivings to work.
She’s set to host the Benefit to Protect Our Reproductive Rights from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 7, at The Metropolitan, 107 S. Sixth St.
“Basically, with the new laws that came into effect in the different states, and especially now in Missouri where it directly affects me and the people around me, I wanted to do something that actually made a change.”
The benefit is set to raise money and awareness about reproductive rights.
Woodcock got to work immediately through her Twitter account, where she sells art and networks with other artists. Around 30 artists sent her pieces, and 100 percent of the funds will go toward NARAL Pro-Choice America.
She also hopes to sell other things like body-care products, crystals, stickers, prints, hats and necklaces for all types of consumers.
Add to that performances by Mary Beth Rosenauer and the band Beacon, and Woodcock said she’s been humbled by the support she’s received.
“I’ve had a lot of help, and I really haven’t had a lot of negative feedback, but I’ve just been moving forward. That’s the plan,” Woodcock said. “This whole event isn’t to argue with anyone — we already know the conversation’s there, so it’s more about raising awareness and bringing people together who already agree on the topic.”
Crystal Quade, the House minority leader in Missouri, is set to speak during the event, as well as Derek and Andrea Evans, leaders of Our Revolution, who will discuss a ballot to overturn the new abortion law. There will be sign-up sheets for gathering volunteers for the ballot referendum as well.
— Daniel Cobb | St. Joe Live