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Gender Justice partners with Fargo-Moorhead area advocates to defend affordable contraception

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Megan Peterson, executive director of Gender Justice, speaks Tuesday, Sept. 11, at an event to protect affordable birth control at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor2 / 2

MOORHEAD — The Campus Feminist Organization partnered with Gender Justice, a nonprofit legal and policy advocacy organization based out of St. Paul, in a campaign to protect affordable birth control, a benefit that is currently under threat.

"One of the key aspects of our campaign is asking people to share their stories and what difference birth control has made in their lives," Megan Peterson, executive director of Gender Justice, said at Moorhead State University on Tuesday, Sept. 11. "The administration has taken steps to change and defund Title X."

Title X is the only federal program dedicated solely to providing family planning and related health and screening services.

About a dozen students came and the crowd later doubled in size. Amy Jacobson, North Dakota public affairs manager of Planned Parenthood, and Red River Women's Clinic director Tammi Kromenaker also spoke briefly at the event.

"Copay for birth control is going to be one of the things that we see go first," Jacobson stressed to the audience.

Attendees were encouraged to write on placards prompting them to say how affordable birth control has benefited their lives.

Among the reasons they wrote down were the ability to afford groceries, attend school and prevent recurring migraines.

"It has helped allow them to target the course that they have chosen for themselves," Peterson said. "Women's equality goes up when they have control of their reproduction, their opportunities increase, their academic security increases."