How A Woman and Her Cat are Fighting Abortion Stigma in Ohio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 11/11/15
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A new electronic billboard at the intersection of 3rd Street and Spring Street in downtown Columbus features a series of messages that declare “abortion is YOUR right.” The billboard was paid for by selling t-shirts featuring a Columbus celebrity: Amanda Patton’s cat, Classy Cat In Columbus.
Patton, an abortion clinic worker, and a group of pro-choice women worked together to design and sell t-shirts featuring the feline Instagram star in order to fight back against abortion stigma in Ohio.
The bright purple t-shirts declare cheekily “leave my pussy alone” and have made appearances at various pro-choice events around Ohio, including protests at Governor Kasich's presidential rally.
Orders have come in from as far as Washington D.C. and Canada for the shirts, which were created, designed, sold, and shipped all through volunteer labor.
Creator Amanda Patton says, “If you are looking for a pure example of grassroots community action, this is it right here.”
The profits from t-shirt sales bought an electronic billboard from Clear Channel that displays a series of messages supporting a women's right to an abortion and advertising the Founder's Women's Health Clinic.
These billboards come at a time when Ohio has seen an onslaught of attacks on a women's reproductive healthcare, including multiple bills aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood and restricting women's access to affordable healthcare.
“The billboard is on display until November 15 and we finally feel like our voices have been heard,” Patton says, “This billboard is walking distance away from where the war on women in Ohio takes place. It is across the street from where lawmakers voted to defund Planned Parenthood last month, and where 16 anti-abortion bills have been put into law since John Kasich became governor.”
A new shipment of shirts is already on its way to Patton, and she plans on continuing to mobilize her grassroots supporters (and cat) to stand up for Ohio women.