What: Abortion Care in America
When: Thursday, November 12th, 4:30 pm Central
Where: Webinar registration link: https://uiowa.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WKYdydtJQ-GzkzUhFgYb-g
About the talk: Professor Carole Joffe, sociologist and professor in the Ansirh (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) program at UCSF and emerita from the University of California, Davis will join Lina-Maria Murillo, Assistant Professor of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and History at UI, and Francine Thompson, Executive Director of the Emma Goldman Clinic, to discuss Joffe’s new book Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America.
Since this talk is taking place just a few days after the election and on the heels of Amy Coney Barrett’s appointment to the Supreme Court, we hope to have a robust conversation on the past, present, and future of abortion provision in the United States from the perspective of scholars and providers in the field.
Carole Joffe is a professor at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health at University of California at San Francisco and a professor of sociology emerita at the University of California at Davis. Her research focuses on the social dimensions of reproductive health, with a particular interest in abortion provision. She is the author of multiple books, including Reproduction and Society: Interdisciplinary Readings(Routledge Press) co-edited with Jennifer Reich; Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us (Beacon Press); Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and after Roe v. Wade (Beacon Press) and The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers (Temple University Press). Besides writing for an academic audience, she also writes frequently for the general public on the topics of reproductive health and reproductive politics, and has published op-eds, blog posts and letters in such venues as the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Hill and Rewire.
Francine Thompson is the Executive Director of the Emma Goldman Clinic. The Clinic has the distinction of being the oldest, continuously operating, not for profit, feminist identified provider of abortion care in the US. In her role as the Director Emma Goldman Clinic, Francine Thompson is responsible for the operations and management of the abortion, gynecology and other health service departments at the clinic. Her 33 years as an Administrator of an independent, feminist health care clinic that provides abortion care has given her extensive experience in reproductive health care management. She has overseen the development and implementation of many cutting edge services, the most recent include transgender care including hormone therapy, and PEP and PREP, which involve prophylaxis for HIV exposure. She continues to be challenged and motivated with the unending assaults within the reproductive justice and abortion care movement. Her passion includes training students and volunteers and the next generation of feminist, health care providers and activists.
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