University of Iowa students stand up for birth control, body autonomy

Published: Feb. 22, 2018 at 9:52 PM CST
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University of Iowa students braved the chilly weather today for "My Body is My Own." They used pink flags to spell out the statement.

It's part of Planned Parenthood's fight against rape culture and for birth control. People passing by could write their own stories as victims of sexual violence, how they feel about having control over their bodies, or how they celebrate body autonomy.

One student told TV9 they want to make people more aware of what's happening in order to change the campus climate.

"Something as big and bright pink as this is, that everybody can see it, and so we've had a lot of people come through that normally wouldn't be paying attention to issues like this. But they've gotten really excited to see us because they do care. They just don't necessarily know how to get involved," said Adelaide Zwizk, UI Student Advocates for Planned Parenthood President.

The students held the event after the Trump Administration declared universities are no longer required to cover birth control on university insurance plans. The group also had an online petition available for people who want to bring back that requirement.