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Campaign to protect affordable birth control comes to MSUM

MOORHEAD — Reproductive rights advocates will host, "It All Adds Up: the Compounding Cost of Gender Inequality," from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Comstock Student Memorial Union, Minnesota State University Moorhead, 615 14th St. S.

The event will focus on a political effort to reduce access to affordable birth control. The conversation will be led by Megan Peterson, executive director of Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization based out of St. Paul, Minn.

The event on Tuesday will include a discussion of gender issues, making progress with gender equality and will be open to personal stories, Peterson said.

One of the event's goals is to, "reconnect the issue to individual people's lives and careers and families and to be more out about the issue and make sure policymakers know that this is an important benefit," she said.

This is the organization's third campaign stop aimed at passing legislation to protect contraceptive coverage in Minnesota. Gender Justice set up a booth last week at the Minnesota State Fair and allowed women to tell their stories of how access to birth control has benefited their lives.

"We heard from a lot of women for whom birth control is critical to managing other health conditions like endometriosis," she said.

The group's hope for the Moorhead event is to keep the conversation flowing.

"We hope that people more broadly from the community will also attend," Peterson said. "We've definitely had some interesting conversations across generations about this issue."

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Facebook event page or email