by Jarrah Hodge
Last year in the States, Jason Stefaniak worked with women of all ages and backgrounds to create the video “This is My Body”, which addressed issues ranging from abortion to cancer to pay equity.
After seeing it, Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada volunteer Mandy Osipenko realized a Canadian version could be a useful outreach and education tool. Along with other ARCC volunteers, Mandy set up a Facebook page and has already started receiving video submissions with a plan to having the final video compiled and produced from videos sent in from around the country.
From the speech that will help form the video:
I am a Canadian woman, and this is my body.
I do what I want with it.
I make my own choices.
I use it as a canvas, tattoo it, decorate it, and pierce it.
I take medicine if I want to and only undergo medical procedures I choose.
I eat what I want, exercise for my health, and wear what I like.
I fall in love with whomever, sleep with whomever and marry whomever I choose.
I decide when and how and whether to become a mother.
This is my body, not yours,
Right now the group is fundraising to make that final piece come together and cover the editing and production costs. They’re only $375 away from their goal and if you’re interested in helping out, you can make a contribution at http://www.gofundme.com/thisismycanadianbody.