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Drake to host feminist pro-life discussion

March 11, 2010
CONTACT: Alexandra Roth, alexandra.roth@drake.edu; Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Drake University Respect for Life will sponsor a lecture Monday, March 22, by Serrin M. Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, on "The Feminist Case Against Abortion."

The free, public lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Bulldog Theatre in Olmsted Center, 2875 University Ave.

Serrin, who has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994, will talk about 200 years of pro-life feminism history and explain how the modern women's movement came to support abortion. Her speech was included in the 2001 anthology, "Women's Rights."

The creator of the Women Deserve Better Than Abortion campaign, Serrin focuses her political efforts on banning pregnancy discrimination and developing resources and support on college campuses for underserved pregnant and parenting students.

Serrin has been an active advocate for benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program. She also has worked in conjunction with other women's organizations to defeat the mandatory "family cap" and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.

Feminists for Life also helped to introduce the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act, which would mandate pro-woman solutions on college campuses.

In addition, Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act. She also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as "Laci and Conner's Law."

The lecture is sponsored by Respect for Life at Drake and is partially funded by Drake's Engaged Citizen Experience.

For more information, contact Alexandra Roth at alexandra.roth@drake.edu.