Emma Goldman Clinic to host Roe v. Wade anniversary fundraiser

Emma Goldman Clinic
The Emma Goldman Clinic is a feminist healthcare facility located at 227 N. Dubuque St. in Iowa City. — illustration by Lorna Campbell

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.

Thoughts? Tips? A cute picture of a dog? Share them with LV »


The Iowa City Human Rights Commission needs you!

Apply Today

@ICHumanRights »


Summer Programs 2020

Get 150+ local restaurants delivered to your door in the Iowa City & Cedar Rapids areas!

The Future is Unwritten

You look to Little Village for today’s stories. Your sustaining support will help us write tomorrow’s.


$10/mo or $120/year
The cost of doing this work really adds up! Your contribution at this level will cover telephone and internet expenses for one month at the LV editorial offices.


$20/mo or $240/year
$240 is enough to cover one month’s costs for sending out our weekly entertainment newsletter, The Weekender. Make a contribution at this level to put a little more oomph on your support and your weekend.


$30/mo or $360/year
(AUTO-RENEW) connects eastern Iowa culture with the world. Your contribution at this level will cover the site’s hosting costs for three months. A bold move for our boldest supporters!

All monthly and annual contributors receive:

  • Recognition on our Supporters page (aliases welcome)
  • Exclusive early access when we release new half-price gift cards
  • Access to a secret Facebook group where you can connect with other supporters and discuss the latest news and upcoming events (and maybe swap pet pics?) with the LV staff
  • Invitations to periodic publisher chats (held virtually for now) to meet with Matt and give him a piece of your mind, ask your burning questions and hear more about the future plans for Little Village, Bread & Butter Magazine, Witching Hour Festival and our other endeavors.

Coralville Public Library Online Summer Reading Programs

For ages 0-99+