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"'Defunding’ Efforts in the Wake of Anti-Abortion Extremism”

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103
Feb 27
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 @ 6:00pm
William and June Warren Hall, Room 103

Wednesday, February 27th at 6:00pm, "’Defunding’ Efforts in the Wake of Anti-Abortion Extremism”


Mai Ratakonda, Staff Attorney, Public Policy Litigation & Law, Planned Parenthood Federation of America


In 2015, anti-abortion extremists published highly edited and misleading videos regarding a small number of Planned Parenthood affiliates' facilitation of patients' desire to donate fetal tissue for research. Politicians across the country seized on these videos as an excuse to kick Planned Parenthood out of various government funding programs. If successful, these "defunding" efforts will have (and have had) a devastating impact on patients who seek necessary and vital reproductive health care.

In coordination with their current class “Reproductive Rights and Practices,” Professors Carol Sanger and Magda Schaler-Haynes warmly invite you to attend a speaker series concerning various aspects of the regulation of reproduction. These talks are set out below and will start promptly at 6 pm in William and June Warren Hall Room 103 (unless otherwise announced). The speakers are at the forefront of litigation, legislation, and policy and we are proud to open the sessions up to the entire CLS student body and Columbia community. Our cutting edge topics include reproductive care for service women, menstrual equality and the “tampon tax,” Catholic Health Care systems, and employment protection for nursing mothers. 

These lectures are open to the Columbia community.  So that we can accomodate interested students who are not registered for the class, please email Ghislaine Pages, [email protected], if you plan to attend.


Other lecture in the series:

Wednesday, March 13th at 6:00pm, “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity” - Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is vice president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law and the organization’s inaugural Women and Democracy Fellow.

Wednesday, March 27th at 6:00pm, “Catholic Health Systems: Public Money for the Delivery of Religiously-restricted Reproductive Health Care” - Lois Uttley, Women’s Health Program Director, Community Catalyst

Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:00pm, “’Freedom of Expression:’ Breastfeeding Promotion and the Evolution of Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers at Work” - Galen Sherwin, Senior Staff Attorney, Women's Rights Project, ACLU

Wednesday, April 10th at 6:00pm, “Custody and Control: Abortion Access for Servicemembers and Persons Incarcerated or Detained by the Federal Government.” - Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, Staff Attorney, Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU

Wednesday, April 24th at 6:00pm, “Healthy Mother, Healthy Babies: A Reproductive Justice Response to the Womb-to-Foster-Care Pipeline” - Emma Ketteringham, Managing Director, Family Defense Project, Bronx Defenders

Contact Info: 
Ghislaine Pages, [email protected]
Event RSVP: 

RSVP required. Email Ghislaine Pages, [email protected] .