Serrin M. Foster, President of Feminists for Life of America, will present “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm in 145 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley Campus. Her lecture will address 200 years of pro-life feminism and explain how the modern women’s movement came to support abortion. Serrin’s speech has been included in the anthology Women’s Rights, published in 2001 by Greenhaven Press as one in a series entitled “Great Speeches in History.”
Serrin has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994. Under her leadership, Feminists for Life has successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act. Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.”
Feminists for Life has distributed pregnancy resource kits to colleges across the country and is leading a discussion on developing practical resources for pregnant and parenting students. In 1997, Serrin moderated the first Pregnancy Resource Forum in the country at Georgetown University. Feminists for Life’s Pregnancy Resource Forums have helped to redirect contentious debate toward woman-centered solutions, and inspired model legislation in Michigan. Feminists for Life helped to introduce groundbreaking legislation—The Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pregnant and Parenting Student Services Act—that will put into hyper-drive new pro-woman solutions on campus. The creator of the Women Deserve Better® than Abortion campaign has appeared on C-SPAN, CNN International, FOX News and ABC World News Tonight as an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students.
The lecture is sponsored by Berkeley Students for Life. For more information contact Alberto Gonzalez at