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    03.20.14 Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Law Forum - Ongoing Challenges to Access and Autonomy: Women's Reproductive Choice in 2014
    Sparer Forum

    Thursday, March 20
    4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
    Reception to follow

    Subotnick Center
    250 Joralemon Street

    Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact for more information.

    Panel Participants
    Elissa Berger ’06
    Advocacy and Policy Counsel
    American Civil Liberties Union

    Esha Bhandhari
    Staff Attorney
    Center for Reproductive Rights

    Katharine Bodde ’09
    Policy Counsel
    New York Civil Liberties Union

    Farah Diaz-Tello
    Staff Attorney
    National Advocates for Pregnant Women

    Diana Lugo-Martinez
    Senior Director of Community Engagement 
    National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)

    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.

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