NARAL’s #MenforChoice Event at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
What an exciting year 2016 has been so far! From the Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt decision to our historic nomination of Hillary Clinton—not only the first woman to win the presidential nomination of a major party ticket, but the strongest and most vocal champion for women and families this country has ever seen—it seems we have a lot to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than hosting an event filled with progressive minds who believe in protecting and enhancing women’s access to basic, reproductive healthcare, including abortion?
NARAL’s #MenforChoice event was our way of saying thank you to all of the defenders of choice who understand that women’s reproductive freedom isn’t just a “woman’s” issue but an issue of equality that impacts all Americans. #MenforChoice attendees heard from NARAL Pro-Choice America board member Steve Karagan, MTV News Correspondent Jamil Smith, and actor and activist Tony Goldwyn who reminded us that no matter our gender, we all have a role to play in our crucial fight for women’s reproductive freedom.
Other featured guests included renowned actresses and activists Ashley Judd and Sophia Bush. Ashley Judd gave a powerful testimony about her experience with sexual assault, including rape. Her testimony helped create awareness about rapist’s parental rights and highlighted what could be the harsh reality for women in an America that outlaws abortion—further emphasizing why it is so important we fight for a woman’s right to choose.
And we can’t forget our photo booth because what’s a progressive event without some good old celebrating our champion Hillary Clinton and making fun of Donald Trump festivities?
Here’s a look at what others are saying about our #MenforChoice event:
Yahoo News—Katy Perry, Chloë Grace Moretz, and Other Stars ‘Rise’ and ‘Roar’ on Night 4 of the DNC:
“Officially kicking off the evening’s theme was none other than Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, who’s proving to be somewhat of an MVP for the DNC, what with his heartfelt tribute to the Mothers of the Movement from Night 2, and outing himself as a feminist while pushing for reproductive rights at a “Men for Choice” NARAL (National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League) event. But tonight, Goldwyn took us to Independence Hall in a video screened for all in attendance.”
New York Magazine—Sexual-Assault Survivor Ashley Judd Gave a Moving Speech About Abortion at the DNC:
“‘As you know, because I talk about it all the time, I am a survivor of sexual assault, including rape, and about that I have no shame,’” Judd told the crowd at a NARAL “Men for Choice” event yesterday. “‘One of the things I discovered about myself is some of the aggressions I didn’t even identify as such until I continued to get healthier, until I continued to be educated about what I felt on the inside and what is legally right on the outside.’”
New York Magazine—Scandal President Tony Goldwyn on Stumping for Hillary, Abortion Access, and Why the Men’s Rights Movement Is ‘Ridiculous”:
“Yesterday, he spoke at a “Men for Choice” NARAL (National Abortion Reproductive Rights Action League) cocktail party, beginning his speech with, ‘Okay, I’m a feminist,’ and talking about the future he envisions for his 20-something daughters. Today, he hinted, he’ll have some role to play at the convention before Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination.”
Jezebel—Searching for the Wokest Man in Philly at NARAL’s ‘Men for Choice’ Celebration:
“John Legend’s “All of Me” cooed at partygoers as I walked in, followed by a performance by Nashville band JP Harris and the (ahem) Tough Choices, who kicked things off by apologizing for their state’s political leanings. The food was a masculine yet approachable assortment of meatballs, chicken wings, and mini gourmet sandwiches.”
Elite Daily—The President From ‘Scandal’ Explains Exactly Why He’s Pro-Choice:
“Goldwyn spoke onstage at the DNC. He also made an appearance at NARAL Pro-Choice America’s ‘Men For Choice’ party. He represented a host committee along with Andrew Rannels, Matt McGorry and Aziz Ansari. The ‘Men For Choice’ party celebrated men who support women’s choice to have (or not have) abortions.”
Death and Taxes—Sanders and Clinton supporters unite at NARAL’s abortion rights party:
“Predicated on the idea that abortion is not just a women’s issue, the party boasted such choice male hosts as Aziz Ansari, Tony Goldwyn, and America’s wokest bae™ Matt McGorry.”