So, Planned Parenthood’s twitter account, @PPact is collaborating with The National Women’s Law Center to host a “blog carnival” on Thursday, July 21. Check out http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/positions/birth-control-matters-blog-carnival-1081.htm for details.
It’s a little unclear what a “blog carnival” is, but it appears the point is for bloggers to share why they think there should be no co-pays for birth control and wax eloquently on all that it’s done for women.
You can apparently sign up to participate in the “blog carnival” here: http://action.nwlc.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=12441 and it’s probably worth entering your blog information, but I have a feeling they’ll be screening for content. However, they are publicizing the “event” under the hashtag #BCBC. They are also publishing the adventures of “Birth Control Girl” on a YouTube channel with the hashtag #BCGirl and the generic hashtag #birthcontrol.
So, I propose that we hijack the hashtags. Here’s how:
- Write about why you disagree with Planned Parenthood’s stance on Birth Control—it can be a personal testimony, link to something you’ve already written, link to an article you agree with, etc. The point is to give a voice to the truth. If you need some ideas, visit http://www.thepillkills.com/, www.onemoresoul.com, or my personal fave, Father Chris’s homily on contraception: http://teamcatholic.blogspot.com/p/father-chriss-homily-on-contraception.html
- Tweet your link on Thursday as much as you can. Be sure to include the hashtag #BCBC, #BCGirl and #birthcontrol. This way, those searching twitter and the internet for blogs about birth control will find more than Planned Parenthood’s propaganda.
- Spread the word to bloggers—it doesn’t have to be a new post—but let’s flood the internet with links to the truth about what birth control has done to women’s health, relationships and marriages. And remember, preach the truth in love. Winning souls is far more important than winning arguments.