Thursday, March 20
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Reception to follow
250 Joralemon Street
Panel Participants (To Date)
Elissa Berger ’06
Advocacy and Policy Counsel
American Civil Liberties Union
Center for Reproductive Rights
Katharine Bodde ’09
New York Civil Liberties Union
National Advocates for Pregnant Women
About the Forum
In the United States, abortion restrictions have been dramatically
increasing. The standard set by the United States Supreme Court—
that an abortion restriction is permissible as long as it does not pose
an “undue burden” on the woman—has taken on new dimensions.
In some parts of the country, women now must travel for days to
find abortion services.
With these new restrictions, women face health and personal risks
once they are pregnant. Recently, Texas lawmakers forced a woman
who was brain-dead to remain on life support, against her own
wishes and the wishes of her family, because she was pregnant.
Her father said, “All she is is a host for the fetus.” Such shifts are
evident in the laws of many states.
This year’s Sparer Public Interest Forum will explore these current
challenges. The program will feature leading reproductive rights
advocates from the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for
Reproductive Rights, National Latina Institute for Reproductive
Health, the New York Civil Liberties Union, National Advocates
for Pregnant Women, and other organizations who will discuss
the future of reproductive rights, strategies for combating women’s
health restrictions, and support for the needs of pregnant women.