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The Abortionists

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Participants: 1 GM, 3 players


✏️Jon Cole
✏️Kelley Vanda


PDF Scenario [English] (4.6 MB)


Activists perform illegal abortions in 1972 Chicago. A charged, realistic drama about three women struggling to bring their whole lives into alignment with their feminist politics.

Keywords: Feminism – realistic drama – reproductive justice

Chicago 1972. A group of feminist activists risk imprisonment to offer illegal abortions to impoverished people. In the act of empowering women, they discover new things about their own power as women. This scenario is a charged, realistic drama about three women struggling to bring their whole lives into alignment with their feminist politics.

Players will argue about feminist politics, counsel people seeking abortion, and conduct abortions using a metatechnique. Characters will have personal conflict and political solidarity in equal measure. Characters will come to the uncomfortable realization that people who they care about sometimes oppress them, and learn that even a feminist organization can be racist.

Player Type: You are more interested in your character’s internal landscape than influencing the plot. You don’t mind taking a break from your primary character to vividly portray an NPC. No familiarity with 60s feminist politics is needed, though it’s helpful.

About the authors:
Jon Cole is a larp practitioner and sex educator in Minnesota, USA. When he’s not roleplaying Jon dances to blues music, watches films, and eats ice cream. Kelley Vanda is a game and community organizer in Minnesota, USA. When she is not facilitating other people’s fun Kelley does social justice work, crafts, and squees about media.

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Nominated, Juryens Specialpris
Scenariet nomineres for hvorledes det med empati og historisk indsigt formår at skildre en tid hvor kønsnormerne var under dramatisk opbrud. Vi får indblik i og forståelse for kvindernes kamp for fri abort og ligestilling i 70’ernes Chicago. Vi efterlades klogere på vores fortid og mindes om ikke at tage friheden for givet.

The scenario is nominated for portraying a time, where gender norms were under dramatic upheaval, with empathy and historical insight. We gain an understanding for the women’s fight for the right to abortion and equal rights in 70s Chicago. We are left both wiser about our past and reminded that we should not take freedom for granted.

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