Feminists for Life President to Speak at Wheeling Jesuit University Nov. 2.

  WJU News
  Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:01 PM
  Academics, WJU News

Wheeling, WV

Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life of America, will deliver a lecture, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” at Wheeling Jesuit University, Thursday, Nov. 2.

logo_with_name_red-web.jpgHer lecture will focus on the pro-life history of the feminist movement and makes the case for why feminists should take a stand against abortion. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 in the Center of Educational Technologies Edouard and Simone Ziegler Recital Hall. The event is sponsored by WJU’s Students for Life club and is open to the public.

“We are happy to welcome Serrin to campus to speak about pro-life feminism. She opens up dialogue between people on opposing sides of the issue of abortion, so that we can work together to find concrete solutions to the issues which drive women to abortion. Her argument that abortion is actually counterintuitive to feminism is both unique and essential to the pro-life movement,” said Madeline Davin, president of the WJU’s Students for Life Club.

Founded in 1972, Feminists for Life is a national nonpartisan, nonsectarian, grassroots organization that continues the efforts of the early American feminists, including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, to systematically eliminate the root causes that drive women to abortion by facilitating practical solutions. Feminists for Life has emerged as the link between pro-life and pro-choice organizations, working on legislative efforts such as child support enforcement and the Violence Against Women Act, and opposing the child exclusion provisions in welfare reform.

“The Feminists for Life work to lobby for, and provide, better alternatives for pregnant women and families in need, as well as raise awareness of the needs of pregnant women and new mothers and fathers. Their position is attractive to those who promote the rights of women, but cannot support abortion. I expect Ms. Foster's talk to challenge the conventional wisdom of both sides of the debate and to provide opportunity for common ground and a way forward in this often intractable debate,” said Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry and Mission & Identity.

Foster has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Children’s Health Insurance Program and worked in coalition with other women's organizations to defeat the mandatory "family cap" and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform. She helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act.

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