Tag Archives: abortion

Len Suzio: A return to good ‘ol social conservatism

“Suzio’s views on reproductive rights can best be described as condescending with a side of archaic.”

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Last night, the Connecticut state senator for district 13 (which includes Middletown), Len Suzio, hosted a town hall meeting at Russell Library. The unexpectedly large crowd contained over 100 Wesleyan students, expressing deep concern about a “parental notification bill” introduced by Suzio, HB 5566 which would inform the parents of a minor if said minor wished to obtain an abortion. Many concerned Middletown residents were also in attendance, and the meeting had to be moved to a larger space in order to accommodate the audience. Read past the jump for more on what transpired at the town hall and a video of an exchange with the senator.

Coffee Shop Talk with Alexandra Duncan

6987256-coffee-cupFrom the Wesleyan Doula Project:

Please join the Wesleyan Doula Project for our “Coffee Shop Talk” this Wednesday! Come sip coffee, eat snacks, and talk with Alexandra Duncan about her work as a Gynecological Teaching Assistant who teaches students about breast and pelvic exams – reconstructing the narrative we tell about our bodies.

Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 9:00-10:00 PM
Place: Espwesso

Screening of AFTER TILLER plus Q&A with Filmmakers

From Becca Waxman ’16:

Clinic Escorts, the Doula Project, Rho Epsilon Pi, and the Film Series are excited to announce:

The free screening of AFTER TILLER on Monday, March 31st at 8pm in Goldsmith Theater.

After the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in 2009, there are a limited number of doctors left in the U.S. who provide third-trimester
abortions. Directed by Wesleyan alumni Martha Shane ’05 and Lana Wilson ’05,After Tiller depicts the stories of these four doctors who are fighting to keep this service available and the incredible risk and struggle they confront on a daily basis. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Martha and Lana.
Watch the trailer here: http://aftertillermovie.om/

 

Date: Monday, March 31st

Time: 8:00 pm

Place: Goldsmith Theater

Clinic Escorts Training & Sign Up

Clinic Escorts

Chantal Ferguson ’13 writes in to let you know about one way to make the most of your Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings:

Wesleyan Clinic Escorts is a group that trains and organizes Wesleyan students to escort patients into a heavily-protested women’s clinic in Bridgeport, CT. Clinic Escorts seeks to provide a respectful and supportive space for women making reproductive health decisions. Clinic Escorting is less a political statement than a functional means of supporting a woman’s right to self-determination and autonomy.

What you do as an individual: Each escort will only need to escort once or twice a semester. We travel in a group of five to the clinic each Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday morning, and return in time for 10 am classes. We are not there to engage with the antis; we are there for the women. Please come to a mandatory training if you want to participate in clinic escorts this semester! You must attend one meeting to sign up to participate whether or not you have been an escort before.

If you are unable to make one of these meetings or have questions, please e-mail Chantal Ferguson ’13 at cferguson[at]wesleyan[dot]edu, or Melody Oliphant ’13 at moliphant[at]wesleyan[dot]edu.

Date: Wed, Thurs, Fri, March 6, 7, 8
Time: 6:45 p.m., 12 p.m., 12 p.m. respectively
Place: 41 Wyllys Room 114

Feminist Lunch Lecture Series Presents: The Poetics of Choice

Come converse with Rowan Converse ’14, and note wisely the “free food” tag:

Professor Sarah Mahurin discusses abortion through the lens of poetry, focusing on Gwendolyn Brooks’s “The Mother” and Lucille Clifton’s “The Lost Baby Poem.”

There will be free lunch! Sponsored by FemNet, the FGSS deparment, and WesWell.

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Place: Albritton 103
Cost: Free

Clinic Escort Training

Submitted by Darien Combs ’11:

Wesleyan Clinic Escorts is a group that trains and organizes Wesleyan students to escort patients into a heavily-protested women’s clinic in Bridgeport, CT. Clinic Escorts seeks to provide a respectful and supportive space for women making reproductive health decisions. Clinic Escorting is less a political statement than a functional means of supporting a woman’s right to self-determination and autonomy.

Please come to a mandatory training if you would like to participate in Clinic Escorts this semester, or if you would just like to get a better sense of what Clinic Escorts is all about. There are two trainings (pick 1) and they should only take about half an hour. You must attend a meeting in order to escort this semester whether or not you have escorted before.  Please choose one of the following trainings to attend:

  • Date: Wednesday, January 26
  • Time: 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan 108

OR

  • Date: Thursday, January 27
  • Time: 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Place: Usdan 110

Urgent: Phone Bank to Save Abortion Rights

From Zak Kirwood ’12:prochoice

Can you imagine an America where a woman can’t get an abortion? Well if you were born after 1973, like me, you can’t. But that could change very easily in the coming weeks.

The Stupak Amendment (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stupak_amendment) was added to the House of Representatives version of the health care reform bill in Congress last month. It makes it impossible for ALL insurance coverage plans, public or private, from covering abortion. Whereas now over 80% of private plans cover abortion, under the new health care reform, close to 0% will. Abortion, which can cost up to $1,000, will have to be paid for out-of-pocket, which is impossible for many.

This week, Senators Ben Nelson and Orrin Hatch are planning to introduce an identical amendment to the Senate version of the health care reform bill. If that passes, abortion will be out of reach for millions of women in America.

WHAT CAN YOU DO? Planned Parenthood is sponsoring a national day of action tomorrow. I’ll be tabling in Usdan, showing people how to use a program called Activate, which allows us to get in touch with lots of people from all over the country to get them to contact their senators about protecting women’s health care. All you need is a cell phone and a laptop (or you can use one of the computers in Usdan).

So please, stop by for as long as you can tomorrow, anytime between 12 and 4 PM. This is an emergency situation for anyone concerned about women’s rights over their own body so we need all the help we can get!

Who: YOU and Planned Parenthood
What: Phonebank to save abortion rights
Where: Usdan Café
When: Tuesday, December 8th, 12-4 PM
Why: Because we can’t set back the clock 35 years for women’s rights!