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Planned Parenthood Demonstrates in Smithtown

University students and local activists appeared on Main Street to promote support of women's issues in this year's election.

Planned Parenthood Demonstrates in Smithtown

If you drove down Main Street in Smithtown on Wednesday, you may have noticed what looked like a giant package of birth control pills standing on the side of the road.

That's because local activists and Stony Brook University students were there to rally in support of women's issues, hoping to encourage passerby to consider those issues when they vote on Nov. 6.

The image of "Pillamina," the costumed package of pills, is used by Planned Parenthood to promote access to birth control. The rallygoers' signs also promoted a mobile voter guide that was developed for voters to take into the voting booth.

Plannet Parenthood Hudson Peconic Action Fund organized the event on Wednesday to coincide with House Speaker John Boehner's visit to a fundraiser in Nissequogue supporting Congressional candidate Randy Altschuler. Boehner has voted to end the nation’s family planning program, defund Planned Parenthood, repeal the Affordable Care Act, and limit access to abortion, according to Planned Parenthood.

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