OSU celebrates Valentine's Day with Planned Parenthood-sponsored abortion talk

An Ohio State University student group is partnering with campus departments and community organizations to host a series of events for the school’s first-ever “Sex Week.” In addition to talks about topics such as intimate partner violence and consent, the event will host a conversation on the stigma surrounding abortions with Planned Parenthood and a discussion titled “Sex Toys 101” with a local sex shop.

The Ohio State University will play host to a “Sex Week” event, which began Feb. 11 and runs through Feb. 17. Student Advocates for Sexual Health Awareness (SASHA), a student group at the school, planned and executed the event.

SASHA is partnering with several campus and community groups to put on “Sex Week,” including the OSU College of Public Health, Undergraduate Student Government, the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, as well as Planned Parenthood and Period. The Menstrual Movement.

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SASHA is a student organization that exists with the sole purpose of planning and executing Sex Week. According to the organization’s About page, the group was created out of a need for “comprehensive sex education on the Ohio State campus.”

Planned Parenthood is partnering with the group to put on two events during the course of the week. The first, titled “Fighting Abortion Stigma with Planned Parenthood,” invites students to join in on a “difficult conversation” with invited “experts” who will teach attendees “all about reproductive freedom and the stigma that comes with it.” The second event hosted in partnership with Planned Parenthood is “Contraception Jeopardy,” which promises to be a “party” celebrating “the many, many, contraceptives available to us in the 21st century.”

Another discussion titled “Sex Toys 101” is hosted in collaboration with employees of “The Garden,” a local, female-owned sex store. That event’s description acknowledges that sex toys are “a part of most people’s lives” and boasts that attendees will be given a chance to “get the facts straight” on everything that one would want to know about sex toys, including “what they are, where to get them, why you’d want one, how to use it safely, or how to clean them properly.”

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“Sex Week” does not appear to have any events on the schedule promoting abstinence, natural contraceptives, or a perspective from a crisis pregnancy center. SASHA did not respond to a request for comment from Campus Reform in time for publication. 

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