On Friday, Oct. 18, Iowa City’s Emma Goldman Clinic will be celebrating its 40 years of service in our community. Soon after the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade in 1973, the health center opened, emphasizing feminist ideals and adopting the moniker of the turn-of-the-century influential nurse and activist, Emma Goldman.
Since its opening, the Emma Goldman Clinic has been working to provide safe, accessible health care primarily geared towards women, with an array of services for all members of the community. Although not its exclusive service, outpatient abortions are provided by the trained and dedicated medical staff at the clinic. For four decades, Emma Goldman Clinic has been an active presence in our community on the personal and political levels, promoting and preserving women’s rights in reproductive health care.
As the environment for pro-choice advocacy becomes dangerously political in many communities and women’s right to choose has increasingly come under fire by those with archaic ideologies, Emma Goldman Clinic has maintained an affirmation of empowering women through its continuing work in service and advocacy. On Oct. 18 at 1 p.m. on the third floor of the Main Library, the University of Iowa Women’s Archives will host “Eras of Emma,” a panel discussion about the clinic’s development over the past 40 years.
Following the panel, the 40th anniversary open house will be held at the clinic, 227 N. Dubuque St., from 4-7 p.m. The Awful Purdies will be providing entertainment for the celebration. RSVPs can be made by calling the clinic at 319-337-2111 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.