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President of Feminists for Life of America to speak at Saint Xavier University

"The Feminist Case Against Abortion"

Chicago (Jan. 4, 2006) – Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life (FFL) of America, will present a lecture titled “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Saint Xavier University’s Chicago campus.

Foster will challenge the belief that the modern women’s movement is synonymous with support for abortion, and that abortion is necessary for women’s equality at her lecture in the university’s Butler Reception Room, located at 3700 W. 103rd St. in Chicago. The event is free and open to the public.

“College students are constantly told to challenge the status quo. Thirty-two years after the Roe v. Wade decision, abortion has become the status quo – one out of every five abortions is performed on a college woman,” Foster said on her Web site. “FFL serves as a catalyst for developing resources and progressive solutions for pregnant and parenting students by asking women what they really want – because women deserve better.”

Recognizing the critical need for practical resources for pregnant and parenting students, Feminists for Life launched a nationwide initiative to ensure that college students have the resources they need to make life-affirming choices. “FFL’s College Outreach Program challenges students to question abortion and asks college and university administrators to provide resources for pregnant and parenting students,” Foster said.

Foster has lectured and moderated Pregnancy Resource Forums at top colleges across America, including Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Notre Dame, Georgetown, the Catholic University of America, and Fordham University, and internationally at Oxford and Cambridge, among others.

Founded in 1972, Feminists for Life is a national non-sectarian, grassroots organization that continues the efforts of the early American feminists to systematically eliminate the root causes that drive women to abortion by facilitating practical solutions. FFL has emerged as the link between the 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.

Foster is widely recognized as a national spokesperson for pro-life feminism. During the 1996 Republican National Convention, Foster joined fellow pro-life advocates in an abortion debate with Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania at an event hosted by the Creative Coalition.

In addition to speaking at dozens of colleges and universities, Foster has presented internationally at the State Department, and on Capitol Hill. During the summer of 2003 she testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act.

The event is sponsored by Saint Xavier University’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Chicago, and Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. For more information, contact Saint Xavier University’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse at (773) 298-3981.

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