Lizz Winstead, comedian and co-creator of The Daily Show, has had enough. After finishing her first book, Lizz Free or Die, in 2011, she returned home to Minnesota only to realize that the state legislature was in the process of debunking Planned Parenthood. Winstead, who had an abortion when she became pregnant as a teen, immediately went into action — organizing benefits and creating awareness through her comedy shows.
Three years later, the fight for women’s rights is far from over. In the first three months of 2014, over 700 pieces of anti-choice legislation were introduced in state legislatures across the U.S. Because of the need to stand up for what, according to Winstead, is a universal issue, the comedian created Lady Parts Justice with the purpose of providing an interactive (and funny) way for citizens to learn about the current state of reproductive rights in all 50 states.
“This is about all of us, it’s about women, men, trans men, trans women,” she says.
On July 15, the site launches with a live stream event that will bring together Winstead, activist Sally Kohn, and political analyst Zerlina Maxwell to read stories women submitted about their abortion experiences.
“We wanted people to understand that the abortion experience takes many forms and that’s something that is forgotten a lot,” Winstead says. “So [the stories] will be read in a tone of how they are submitted to us.”
But when warned that something called Lady Parts might scare some gay men away, Winstead responds: “I think that the vagina is something that we will keep to ourselves if we don’t have to keep talking about it all the time. Vaginas aren’t particularly scary, but they get really pissed. If you don’t want that to happen, then jump in and we can just keep the vaginas calm.”
A simple message — if not a tough battle: Keep vaginas calm and carry on.
For more information about reproductive rights in your state and to watch the live stream starting at 8:30 pm EST, visit LadyPartsJustice.com.