Primary Stages ESPA Playwright Will Brumley has been generously providing his play, THE CLINIC, to theaters and individuals across the country for readings to raise awareness and funds for reproductive rights. Inspired by Will's use of art as activism, we are joining this fundraising movement for our next Detention.
ESPA artists have come together to create work in response to what is currently happening in our country surrounding reproductive rights and body autonomy, which will be followed by a presentation of THE CLINIC. Written by WIll Brumley and directed by Mêlisa Annis, THE CLINIC is about a group of abortion providers in Kansas – the daily obstacles they face, their perseverance, and the future of abortion care.
All proceeds will go to Planned Parenthood to help combat the Title X gag rule that will prevent access to reproductive health care across the country. THE CLINIC has had 10 readings throughout the US since the possible abortion bans were announced 15 weeks ago, with 5 additional readings upcoming this Fall. So far, this movement has raised $9,506 in support of independent clinics and abortion funds.
We hope you’ll join us in this fight to protect reproductive freedom.
Why Planned Parenthood? Why now?
Title X is absolutely essential to ensure that millions of women, men, and young people get the care they need. Without it, providers can’t meet the demand for health care.
Established in 1970, the Title X program provides affordable birth control and reproductive health care to people with low incomes, including those who couldn’t otherwise afford health care services on their own. This program actively fights health care inequity and helps those who are uninsured. The administration has issued a “gag rule” that bans doctors in the Title X program across the country from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. It would make it impossible for patients in the program to get birth control at places like Planned Parenthood, and it prohibits doctors from giving women full information about all of their sexual and reproductive health care options. The rule puts health care at risk for 4 million patients — 40% of whom get their care at Planned Parenthood.
Even though the Title X gag rule was originally blocked by federal courts, it is now being enforced nationwide, meaning the Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood, eight states (HI, IL, NY, OR, WA, MA, MD, and ME), and other providers out of the Title X program. This is a targeted blow to the 4 million patients who obtain birth control, cancer screenings, and other essential care through Title X.
Click here for more information about Title X: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/health-care-equity/title-x
Click here for more information about the issues that Planned Parenthood is fighting for, including abortion access, birth control, and health care equity: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues
Click here to RSVP for Detention #48 at Primary Stages ESPA: https://espadetention-theclinic.eventbrite.com