Three-day symposium examines Roe v. Wade 40 years later
GAINESVILLE, Fla.Â — Few U.S. Supreme Court cases are as recognizable to the public as Roe v. Wade â€“ the landmark 1973 decision that established a womanâ€™s right to an abortion. Forty years later, while womenâ€™s rights have continued to progress, abortion rights remain a controversial topic.
The University of Florida Center for Womenâ€™s Studies and Gender Research and the Levin College of Law will co-host â€śReproductive Rights in the U.S.: 1973-2013,â€ť a three-part symposium taking place Oct. 2-4. The symposium is free and open to the public.
The event kicks off with a screening of the HBO documentary â€ś12th and Delawareâ€ť at 4:30 p.m. WednesdayÂ in Pugh Hall. The film chronicles a crisis pregnancy center and an abortion clinic across the street from one another in Fort Pierce, Fla. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the documentaryâ€™s director Rachel Grady, moderated by UF journalism professor Churchill Roberts.
At 10 a.m.Â Thursday, Rutgers School of Law Professor Kimberly M. Mutcherson presents â€śReproductive Rights 40 Years after Roe: Assisted Reproduction, Abortion and Parenting in a Technological Ageâ€ťÂ in UF Lawâ€™s Chesterfield Smith Memorial Classroom, Holland Hall 180.
In the 40 years since the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade, the landscape of reproduction has been anything but static. New reproductive technologies have expanded access to genetic parenthood, new abortion procedures have become available to end pregnancies, and new forms of contraception have allowed women to avoid pregnancy when it is not desired. This talk will consider how the law has responded to these changes and how future reproductive justice advocacy can successfully tie together seemingly disparate elements of the regulation of reproduction in order to benefit all women.
A panel discussion follows at 11:15 a.m. with UF Law professor Danaya Wright, UF history professor Louise Newman, UF sociology and womenâ€™s studies professor Connie Shehan and Robin Lewy of the Rural Womenâ€™s Health Project. The panel will be moderated by Angel Kwolek-Folland, a UF history and womenâ€™s studies professor and associate provost.
The symposium concludes Friday with the art exhibit â€śGender and Reproduction.â€ť A noon reception in Ustler Hall honors the participating artists. It is hosted by the Center for Womenâ€™s Studies and Gender Research, and organized by UF Fine Arts Professor Craig Smith.
The symposium organizers are Judith W. Page, director of the Center for Womenâ€™s Studies and Gender Research, and Wright, of the Levin College of Law. Co-sponsors are the Center on Children and Families, the School of Art and Art History, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and the Law Association for Women for their support and co-sponsorship.
- Donna Tuckey, email@example.com, 352-273-0382