Today marks the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States. To commemorate the occasion, the Emma Goldman Clinic will host their annual Choice Event fundraiser at the Hotel Vetro (201 S. Linn St.) on Friday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m.
Proceeds from this benefit will go to the deProsse Access Fund, named in honor of Dr. Charles deProsse, a retired ob-gyn and former director of the University of Iowa Hospital abortion clinic, who was very active in providing services at the Emma Goldman Clinic. This fund was created to ensure that all women have access to reproductive health care.
The Choice Event will focus on the current state of abortion in the United States and feature remarks from Robin Marty, a writer and activist who wrote Crow After Roe: How Women’s Health is the New “Separate But Equal” and How to Change That. She has spent the past few years examining and tracking the impact of state legislation aimed toward restricting access to abortion.
Francine Thompson, co-director of the Emma Goldman Clinic, hopes this talk will spark a lively discussion concerning the current political climate.
“Since the federal session convened, six new anti-abortion bills have been proposed in the House and Senate, adding to the 231 other abortion restrictions implemented on the state level over the past four years,” Thompson wrote in an email. “Two of the bills introduced in the Iowa Senate for the 2015 session are aimed at restricting abortions in Iowa.”
Those interested in attending can register online or by calling the clinic directly at 319-337-2112. Tickets cost $50 dollars and $25 dollars for students. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided.