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Press Release for Pittsburgh Wine and Cheese Reception

Feminist for Life President Serrin Foster Will Make

THE FEMINIST CASE AGAINST ABORTION

at St. Thomas More Family Life Center on April 19, 2016

 

Serrin Foster, President of Feminists for Life of America, will deliver “The Feminist Case Against Abortion” at a wine and cheese reception on April 19th, 2016 at the Family Life Center adjacent to St. Thomas More Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her landmark speech has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights. Serrin is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® than Abortion campaign.

Founded in 1972, Feminists for Life is a national nonsectarian and nonpartisan pro-life organization that works to fulfill the unrealized goal of Susan B. Anthony and other early American feminists to systematically eliminate the root causes that drive women to abortion by facilitating practical solutions.                                                             

Serrin has led Feminists for Life since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, and helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act. Most recently, FFL created a website, Raising Kids on a Shoestring, to help women at highest risk of abortion—including women with dependents—find free, frugal, and creative solutions.

Serrin served on the National Task Force to End Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Against Women, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also 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.”

She has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students and is an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination. In January 1997, Serrin moderated the first-ever FFL Pregnancy Resource ForumSM at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country, and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Serrin’s efforts earned her an honorary doctorate from Belmont Abbey College in 2008.

Serrin has been interviewed by ABC News, CBN, CNN, EWTN, and FOX News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, NPR, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and CNN International, RTÉ, and many other news outlets.

The wine and cheese reception is sponsored by the Women Deserve Better Committee of Pittsburgh. The event is free and open to the public. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A free will offering will be taken. Please RSVP via e-mail to info@feministsforlife.org.

Writers Needed!

RKOASboxAs you may know, women seeking abortions often cite lack of financial resources to raise a child. Feminists for Life is updating “Raising Kids on a Shoestring,” a print and online resource that has helped thousands with innovative and time-tested ideas for raising children on a budget. This highly popular issue of The American Feminist offers suggestions, from sources for affordable clothing and school supplies to low-cost family outings and celebrations.

If you want to make a real impact as a volunteer, FFL is seeking exceptional writers able to work on assignments in the next few weeks. Qualified candidates will have outstanding research, interview, and writing skills. Authors need to support FFL’s mission to systematically eliminate the reasons that drive women to abortion–primarily a lack of resources and support–and must approach the assignment as pro-life feminists. Published authors preferred. Ability to meet deadlines an absolute must. NOTE: This is a volunteer position.

Send resume and links to writing samples to editor@feministsforlife.org. If you are chosen, FFL’s editor will contact you and send a writer’s agreement which gives FFL copyright in all mediums. If you have a personal story, please include it in the cover letter, as it will help with assignments. If such personal information is confidential, please make that clear.

Thank you!

FFL Vice President Sally Winn to lecture at Saint Louis University

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Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 7:00pm

St. Louis University – Busch Student Center, Wool Ballroom
FFL Vice President Sally A. Winn will present her lecture, “Refuse to Choose: Reclaiming Feminism.”
St. Louis, MO

Grants available to host FFL speakers on YOUR campus!

Because of the generosity of some Feminists for Life donors, we are able to offer partial grants, so that you can host the best pro-woman, pro-life speakers in the nation.

 

FFL President Serrin M. Foster is the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign. Her landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights. She has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for under-served pregnant and parenting students and is an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination. 

 

I know many of you are very concerned about the issue of rape and pregnancy. Consider inviting Joyce McCauley-Benner to campus. She didn’t know who the father was, but she knew who the mother was and chose victory over violence!

 

If you are in the DC area and want a speaker who can talk about her experience as a birthmother, then former FFL Board Member Jessica O’Connor-Petts would be a great option. She became pregnant shortly after graduating from university in 1996 but continued with her plan to move to Washington, D.C. to work in public policy and row competitively. With the loving support of family, friends, and caregivers, she made an adoption plan for her birthson, including four joyful weeks with him after his birth. Ms. O’Connor-Petts’ birthson, his little sister, and his adoptive parents were part of her wedding in 2003. 
 
We also have two speakers who know the challenges of being pregnant and parenting while still college undergraduates. Chaunie M. Brusie became a student mother her senior year of college. She shared her personal story as a pregnant student who challenged the status quo in FFL’s 2007 e-series, Chaunie’s Journey. After interning with Feminists for Life, Chaunie founded S.U.P.P.O.R.T., a campus organization dedicated to creating resources and support for pregnant and parenting students like herself. Chaunie graduated on time with her bachelor’s degree one week before delivering her daughter. In 2007 she was awarded the National Association of Pro-Life Nurses Award. As FFL’s former College Outreach Program Coordinator, Chaunie helped student activists to transform campuses across the nation in support of pro-woman solutions. 
 
I also became unexpectedly pregnant my junior year of college. In my lecture, “Refuse to Choose: Reclaiming Feminism,” I share my own experience as a pro-choice college student facing obstacles as a pregnant and parenting student. These obstacles nearly cost my daughter her life. My tenure as Feminists for Life’s Vice President began in 2001, and I’ve been advocating for pregnant and parenting college students across the country and internationally ever since. Before coming to FFL, I co-founded Democrats for Life of America. I’ve also served as the Director of Operations for a therapeutic group maternity home serving pregnant and parenting teens in the Pacific Northwest. Quite proudly I also carried on the legacy of our feminist foremothers as Executive Director of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum in Adams, Massachusetts.
 
Serrin, Joyce and I are also experienced FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum Moderators.SM  Partial grants are available for the Forums as well.

As the pioneers of pregnant and parenting resources on campus, contact me for help. Don’t forget to take FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Survey TM and check out our Tools for Schools. Let me know your success stories so we can share them with others.
 

And don’t forget, if you need ads, they are FREE and downloadable!  If you haven’t received your Revolution on Campus kit to grow your group, order yours FREE from coordinator@ffloncampus.org now.  FFL is also here with the original feminist historical research to share with those who are not yet aware of our feminist foremothers’ stand against abortion.

FFL is here for you and I am here for you, because YOU are there for women and children!  March forth.
Because women deserve better, 

Sally A. Winn
Vice President
 
P.S. I will be at Yale, Saint Louis University, and Carroll College in the upcoming weeks. Please check our schedule for more information.
 
P.P.S. Partial grants for reduced rates are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, please email coordinator@ffloncampus.org.