Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cheryl Hanna on Importance of Highlighting Gender in Teaching Constitutional Law

Cheryl Hanna (Vermont Law School) has posted Gender as a Core Value in Teaching Constitutional Law on SSRN. Here is the abstract: Image1

This essay was part of a symposium sponsored by the AALS Section on Women, entitled Gender as a Core Teaching Value. In this piece, Professor Hanna discusses the importance of highlighting gender in Constitutional Law courses, not just on 'equal protection day" but throughout the curriculum. To that end, she provides concrete ideas and examples about how to help students discuss issues of gender in a variety of cases and contexts.

July 11, 2012 in Conferences and Symposia, Law School, Scholarship and Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Rio+20 Earth Summit Galvanizes Family Planning Advocates

EarthThe Huffington Post blog: Women Leaving Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights, by Diane MacEachern:

There is a direct correlation between access to voluntary family planning, women's empowerment and environmental sustainability. And though the official delegates to last week's "Earth Summit" tried to water it down, thousands of grassroots activists made it one of the biggest issues to rock Rio+20, as the event was also called.

Why? Because ensuring that women have full reproductive rights creates one of the most desirable "two-fers" on the planet. Complete access to voluntary family planning is among the quickest, simplest, and most affordable ways to improve women's quality of life. It is also one of the most direct, immediate and cost-effective ways to reduce climate change. In fact, studies show that slowing population growth by giving women access to the contraception they already want could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by between 8 and 15 percent -- roughly equivalent to ending all tropical deforestation. . . .

July 4, 2012 in Conferences and Symposia, Contraception, International, Reproductive Health & Safety, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Journal of Law and Health: Call for Papers

Journal of Law and Health’s Annual Symposium: The Legal and Ethical Implications of Posthumous Reproduction:

The symposium is tentatively scheduled for March 2013.

In Astrue v. Capato, the Supreme Court held that children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of a parent were not automatically entitled to survivor benefits under the Social Security law. The Court stated that the children’s eligibility to receive the benefits depended upon their ability to inheritance under the state’s intestacy system.

Areas of interest for this special journal issue include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • What steps are necessary to protect the financial interests of posthumously conceived children?
  • What regulations are needed to protect the reproductive rights of the dead gamete provider?
  • What steps are necessary to address the legal, moral and ethical consequences of posthumous reproduction?
  • What impact, if any, will the United States Supreme Court decision in Astrue v. Capato have on posthumous reproduction? 
  • Do the dead have a fundamental right to procreate?
  • Should posthumously conceived children be treated like heirs under the intestacy system?
  • Whether health insurance should cover the expense of posthumous reproduction?

Those interested in submitting an article must submit a 600-word abstract describing selected topic and submit curriculum vitae by October 1, 2012. Email abstract and CV to Journal of Law and Health at health.journal@law.csuohio.edu. Include “Submission: Annual Symposium” in the subject line.

July 1, 2012 in Assisted Reproduction, Bioethics, Conferences and Symposia, Parenthood, Scholarship and Research | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, February 13, 2012

Justice Ginsburg Discusses Court's Abortion Jurisprudence

ABA Journal: Justice Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade Decision Came Too Soon, by Debra Cassens Weiss:

GinsburgThe U.S. Supreme Court may have moved too quickly when it found a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, according to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Speaking at a Columbia Law School symposium on Friday, Ginsburg said the court could have delayed hearing the case while state law evolved on the issue, the Associated Press reports. "It's not that the judgment was wrong, but it moved too far too fast,” she said. . . .

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The full AP story is here.

I attended this symposium and was also struck by Justice Ginsburg's story about a case that she felt would have been the better case to bring first, one in which a woman in the military faced discharge because she chose to carry her pregnancy to term.  Justice Ginsburg said she thought this would have been a wiser first step, because the woman's choice was for childbirth.  Here's a story on Justice Ginsburg's discussion of that case: Salon: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s alternative abortion history, by Irin Carmon.

-CEB

February 13, 2012 in Abortion, Conferences and Symposia, Law School, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Supreme Court | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 National Health Law Conference in Toronto, Canada

2012 National Health Law Conference: Global Health Challenges & the Role of Law:

May 4 & 5, 2012, Toronto, Canada

This conference will bring together leading scholars, policy-makers, practicing lawyers and health care professionals to explore how law can address global health challenges and make real progressive change. . . .

February 11, 2012 in Bioethics, Conferences and Symposia, International, Reproductive Health & Safety | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network: Invitation and Call for Papers

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network: Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, June 5-8, 2011: Invitation and Call for Papers:

Dear friends and colleagues,

 As many of you know, the Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network (CRN) is a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. At our inaugural get-together at the Law and Society Association (LSA) meeting this past June, we decided to organize two events for the coming year.  The first will be in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the AALS annual meeting in January 2012. We are writing to give you details about the second, which will take place in Honolulu, Hawaii, in conjunction with the LSA annual meeting, June 5-8, 2012.

 

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October 31, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Scholarship and Research, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Eighth Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: Call for Presentations and Papers

Capital University Law Review: Call for Presentations and Papers Eighth Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: Image1

Eighth Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law 
March 8, 2012
Searching for Family: The Impact of Technology and Social Media on Adoption

Send proposals by Nov. 23, 2011, to Capital University Law Review Symposium Editor Christine Diedrick Mochel at cdiedrick@law.capital.edu.

The conference is still accepting proposals for presentations and papers emphasizing the following themes:

Facilitating Adoptions through the Internet
Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: using the internet to facilitate adoptions, the legal barriers to using the internet to facilitate adoptions, and the ethical implications of using the internet to facilitate adoptions.

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October 31, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Law School, Parenthood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Feminist Legal Theory Collaborative Research Network Conference Announcement

Feminist Legal Theory CRN Conference: Invitation and Call for Papers:

The Feminist Legal Theory CRN is a newly-constituted group that seeks to bring together scholars across a range of fields who are interested in feminist legal theory. The inaugural meeting took place at the Law and Society Association meeting in June 2011; the next meeting will be held at George Washington University Law School on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, the day before the AALS annual meeting.

Paper proposals on any topic pertaining to legal feminism are being accepted until September 23, 2011. . . .

August 17, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Scholarship and Research, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Sex::Tech 2011: San Francisco, April 1 & 2

 ISIS, Inc. presents the 4th annual Sex::Tech, a conference on new media, youth, and sexual health:

Sex::Tech 2011 is poised to be better than ever. We have a few registration slots left, so best to grab them up today.

We're opening with a fabulous group of youth from across the country in a panel called, Youth Reflect: Masculinity, Social Media and Film Friday, April 1st at 8:30 am.

ISIS is releasing our first white paper with the support of the Ford Foundation,
TECHsex USA: Youth Sexuality and Reproductive Health in the Digital Age Friday, April 1st at 10 am.

Friday's mid-day plenary features mHealth luminaries: Jody Ranck (mHealth Alliance/UN Foundation), Jen McCabe (Contagion Health), Amanda Mills (AOL Mobile), and Miles Orkin (American Cancer Society) Friday, April 1st at 2:15 pm.

MTV's 16 and Pregnant team provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the most popular cable series among young people aged 16-34 Saturday, April 2nd at 8:30 am.

Check Out the Full Schedule.

Be sure to meet National Youth Leaders, working the conference both days:

    Young Feminist Powerhouse, Shelby Knox
    Multimedia Team, Youth UpRising
    Youth Journalists, New America Media
    Peer Educators, Scarleteen, Berkeley High School and DramaWorks

If you can't make it, the three plenary sessions will be livestreamed at our Partner Organizations' websites:

RH Reality Check www.rhrealitycheck.org
The NC's Sex Really www.sexreally.com
ISIS' Sex::Tech www.sextech.org

Follow us for the latest Sex::Tech 2011 updates as they emerge:

Sex::Tech Conference:  www.sextech.org

March 30, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Reproductive Health & Safety, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

CSBR Sexuality Institute 2011: Applications Due April 15, 2011

Via the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR):

Date: July 16-23, 2011
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR) is pleased to announce the 4th CSBR Sexuality Institute 2011 to be held between July 16th and 23rd 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Designed as a comprehensive curriculum on sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights with an in depth discussion on the linkages between research and practice, the CSBR Sexuality Institute offers a holistic interdisciplinary program combining history, theory, research and politics of sexuality with applications of advocacy and fieldwork.

The CSBR Sexuality Institute brings together leading sexual and reproductive rights activists, academics and researchers. Held previously in Malaysia (2008), Turkey (2009) and Indonesia (2010) with participants from 23 countries throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East, the institutes include lectures, group work, roundtables, panels, site visits and film screenings, as well as a methodology to engage participants’ own experiences around sexuality.

For more information, click here.

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March 27, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, International, Reproductive Health & Safety, Sexuality, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Congressional Briefing on Women’s Human Rights in Africa: Monday, March 28, 2011

Georgetown Law’s Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program in cooperation with Congresswomen Louise Slaughter invite you to a Congressional Briefing addressing Women’s Human Rights in Africa:

Speakers Africa
Makda Tessema (Ethiopia)
What Next?  The Practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Ethiopia:  
Legal Boundaries and Cultural Norms
 
Zaamu Kaboneke (Uganda)
Climate Change and Women’s Human Rights in Uganda
 
Rachel Muthoga (Kenya)
2007-2008 Post-Election Violence: 
The Failure of the Kenyan Legal System to Protect Women
from Sexual and Gender Based Violence
 
Gladys Mbuya (Cameroon)
A Woman’s Right to Decide If, When and Whom to Marry in Cameroon
 
Sarah Nambasa (Uganda)
Maternal and Reproductive Health Rights of Evicted Batwa Women in Uganda
 
Selamawit Tesfaye (Ethiopia)
The Plight of Ethiopian Domestic Workers in the Middle East
 
Moderator 
Julia L. Ernst
Executive Director, Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Program
Georgetown University Law Center
 
Monday, March 28, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 121 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C.
 
Please RSVP by Thursday, March 24 with your name, title, affiliation, and contact information to jle24@law.georgetown.edu
 
The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program trains lawyers from Africa who are committed to advancing women’s human rights in their countries.  The LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree focusing on international women’s human rights from the Georgetown University Law Center and participate in additional professional development programming.  The LAWA Program has trained over 70 LAWA Fellows from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.  LAWA alumnae now serve as judges, parliamentarians, law professors, founders and directors of non-profit organizations, public interest lawyers, and other influential positions, where they continue to advance women’s human rights throughout Africa. 

March 23, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Congress, International, Law School, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Conference at The New School Will Address "The Body and the State"

The New School conference: The Body and the State: How the State Controls and Protects the Body:

The Center for Public Scholarship presents
the 23rd Social Research conference at The New School:
February 10-12, 2011

John Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, NYC
Join over 35 distinguished experts in discussing the body as an international human rights arena in which many forces, such as religion, science, media, and the market struggle for control over policies that control our bodies. We hope to illuminate how the often tacit assumptions about the "normal," "healthy," and "acceptable" body lead to policies which are, at their core, unjust.

Keynote: Didier Fassin, February 10, 6:00 p.m.

Featured Speakers: Elof Axel Carlson, Wendy Doniger, Joseph Fins, David Garland, Michele Goodwin, Bernard E. Harcourt, Paul W. Kahn, Siddharth Kara, Thomas Walter Laqueur, Afsaneh Najmabadi, Susie Orbach, Renata Salecl, Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Susan Schweik, Edward Stein, and Winnifred F. Sullivan

RSVP now to cps@newschool.edu. Students free. $30 regular, $15 nonprofits.

www.newschool.edu/cps/body/program/

February 1, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, January 7, 2011

Conference on Adoption Law Presented by Capital University Law Review and NCALP

Capital University Law School: 7th Annual Wells Conference on Adoption Law: Maintaining a Family: Post Adoption Challenges for Families:

Join us at this year’s Wells Conference, Thurs., March 17, to hear from nationally-recognized professors and practitioners on such timely issues as:

/ Procuring Pre-Adoption Safeguards to Secure Post-Adoption Success
/ Overcoming Health and Assimilation Issues Facing Adopted Children and Their Families
/ What Happens When an Adoption Fails?
The Wells Conference strives to include both academic ideas and practical advice for attorneys. 6.0 CLE and CEU credit hours are pending approval.

The theme for this year’s conference was inspired by the case of the young Russian boy who was sent back to Moscow after his adoptive mother in Tennessee became overwhelmed with his emotional problems.  Our hope is to focus this year’s conference on ways to prevent an adoption from going wrong, and to recognize potential issues early in the adoption process in order to prevent situations like what happened in Tennessee.

Click here to register.

January 7, 2011 in Conferences and Symposia, Parenthood | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nov. 2, 2010: London Conference on the Rise of Reproductive Technologies

University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in association with The Guardian

"Making Babies in the 21st Century: the Rise of Reproductive Technologies"
18.45 - 20.15, Tuesday 2 November 2010

Baroness Onora O'Neill (Chair, Nuffield Foundation)
Professor Marcia Inhorn (William K Lanman Jr Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs, Yale University)
Professor Susan Golombok (Director, Centre for Family Research, Cambridge)
Professor Carl Djerassi (Inventor of the modern day contraceptive pill, Emeritus Professor, Stanford University)

This event is part of a series of 3 public events on 'Gender and the Bio-medical Sciences' which will bring world class experts together to engage directly with the public on topics of gender and radical bio-medical advances of the 21st Century. What can the latest scientific advances tell us about gender; what will be possible in the future and why does it matter? (Please see the attached poster for details.)

Hall 2, King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Tickets are £9.50, and available online:
http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/spoken-word/autumn-2010-lecture-series/making-babies-in-the-21st-century-reproductive-technologies

Organised by the University of Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies in association with the Guardian and kindly supported by Cambridge University Press.

For details of all 3 events, please visit: http://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/events/guardianforum/

October 12, 2010 in Assisted Reproduction, Conferences and Symposia, Fertility, International, Lectures and Workshops | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Conference to Address Search for Common Ground in Abortion Debate

Princton University: A Conference on Life & Choice in the Abortion Debate:

Princeton October 15 & 16, 2010

Inspired by President Obama’s call during his Notre Dame address for those on different sides of the abortion issue not only to work together where we agree, but also to engage in "vigorous debate" with "open hearts, open minds, and fair minded words."

Issues to be Explored:

  • Emerging opportunities to bridge the abortion divide
  • Moral status of the fetus
  • Whether some reasons for abortion exacerbate discrimination against persons
  • When might a fetus feel pain and what should we do about it
  • How far the right of conscientious refusal extends
  • Should abortion be a matter for the courts or the legislatures

If you are not able to attend the conference, you will be able to watch it live online.

October 7, 2010 in Abortion, Conferences and Symposia, Public Opinion, Religion and Reproductive Rights | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Conference on Surrogacy: November 5th at Rutgers School of Law-Camden

Conference Announcement:
Making Sense of Surrogacy
Rutgers School of Law-Camden
 
Please join us on Friday, November 5 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for an inter-disciplinary conference on surrogacy
 
8:30 a.m.  Continental Breakfast
 
9:00 a.m.  Welcome
 
9:15-10:45 a.m. - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Surrogacy Arrangements
Dr. Margaret Marsh, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences & the Graduate School at Rutgers Camden
 
Dr. Elly Teman, Research Fellow, Penn Center for the Integration of Genetic Healthcare Technologies, University of Pennsylvania
 
Dr. Susan Markens, Assistant Professor, City University of New York, Lehman College
 
Professor Kimberly Mutcherson, Associate Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Camden
 
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Surrogacy Law and Ethics
William Singer, Esq. of Singer & Fedun, LLC
 
Robin A. Fleischner, Esq.
 
Tiffany Palmer, Esq. of Jerner & Palmer, P.C.
 
Donald C. Cofsky, Esq. of Cofsky & Zeidman, LLC
 
The conference will take place at Rutgers School of Law-Camden in rm. E-108.  The law school is located at 217 n.5th Street, Camden, New Jersey and is easily accessible by public transportation.
 
Lunch will be available for all attendees immediately following the conference. 
 
There is no charge for attending, but please rsvp to mutchers@camden.rutgers.edu if you plan to attend the lunch.
 
Application pending for New Jersey CLE credit.
 
Co-sponsored by:
Family Law Society
Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy
Women’s Law Caucus
Law Students for Reproductive Justice (Rutgers School of Law – Camden chapter)

October 5, 2010 in Assisted Reproduction, Conferences and Symposia, Law School | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Call for Submissions: Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society's 2011 Symposium

The Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society Announces our 2011 Symposium: Gender, Justice, & Victim Rights: A Gendered Perspective of Victims in the Criminal Justice System
 
February 25, 2011
University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, Wisconsin
 
We are seeking original scholarship, from both scholars and practitioners, that addresses the intersections of law and gender in the role and treatment of victims in the criminal justice system. Interested parties should send an abstract to WJLGS.Symposium@gmail.com by October 31, 2010.  Those selected for the Symposium will be notified by December 2010.  The Journal’s Symposium issue will be published in Winter 2011.

Questions may be addressed to Symposium Editor Erin Welsh at ebwelsh@wisc.edu.

August 23, 2010 in Conferences and Symposia, Law School, Scholarship and Research, Women, General | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A Conference on Life and Choice in the Abortion Debate: Oct. 15 & 16, 2010

Registration Open!

Open Hearts, Open Minds and Fair Minded Words

A Conference on Life and Choice in the Abortion Debate
Princeton University - October 15 & 16, 2010

  • Do you find most public discourse on abortion painful?
  • Worried conflict over abortion policy threatens progress on other justice issues?
  • Long for a conversation about abortion in which people who disagree discuss their beliefs humbly, are open to change, speak respectfully, and actually listen and learn from those who have a different view?

Register now to join our speakers and be part of the conversation

Issues to be explored:

  • Emerging opportunities to bridge the abortion divide
  • Moral status of the fetus
  • Whether some reasons for abortion exacerbate discrimination against persons
  • When might a fetus feel pain and what should we do about it
  • How far the right of conscientious refusal extends
  • Should abortion be a matter for the courts or the legislatures

Visit website for conference information.

 
To see the Flyer, Click Here: Download OHM-Princeton-Flyer.
 

August 19, 2010 in Abortion, Conferences and Symposia | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, June 7, 2010

"Women Deliver" Conference Begins Today in Wash. DC

Via Women Deliver:

Women Deliver 2010, a global conference, will be held in Washington DC on June 7-9, 2010. The theme of the conference is: "Delivering solutions for girls and women," and we plan to focus on political, economic, social/cultural, and technological solutions. This global meeting will expand on Women Deliver's hallmark of inclusivity, reaching out to new partners and new communities. With all these partners in one room, we will further prove that maternal and reproductive health is a global priority. Women Deliver 2010 will move the dialogue to the global arena with two strong messages:

  • The MDGs will not be achieved without investing in women.
  • There is just enough time, if the world commits funding now, to achieve MDG5 — additional US$10 billion annually by 2010 and US$20 billion by 2015.

You can view live webcasts from the conference here.

See also: Ms. Magazine: Three Ways to Save Women's Lives

June 7, 2010 in Conferences and Symposia, International, Poverty, Pregnancy & Childbirth, Reproductive Health & Safety | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Call for Applications: Global Reproductive Health and Rights Advocacy Training


A Healthy Future for Women and Girls Globally: Action Summit on Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

CENTER FOR HEALTH AND GENDER EQUITY (CHANGE)

May 2-4, 2010 -- Washington, D.C.

Deadline to apply: Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications from emerging and experienced advocates to participate in a 3-day advocacy training on comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights in Washington D.C., May 2-4, 2010.

Applications are open to individuals in the United States who live in the following districts**: Arkansas (4th district); Texas (12th, 18th and 29th districts); Georgia (13th district); Minnesota (5th district); New York (5th, 6th, 7th, 13th, and 17th districts)

**A special note about the districts: if you represent an organization that has constituents or serves people in the specified district, then you are still eligible to apply even if you do not personally live in the district. You can locate your district information by visiting www.congress.org and entering your zip code. 

Healthy Future Action Summit is free for accepted applicants—expenses will be covered in full by the Center for Health and Gender Equity (e.g. travel, accommodations, dining).  Additional background information and summit details can be found in the attached application.

We encourage you to circulate the application to anyone who may be interested and eligible to participate.  Young people and people living with HIV are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or for more information.  I can be reached at kwhipkey@genderhealth.org or 202.393.5930 x 13.  For more information, Download CHANGE.  

March 8, 2010 in Conferences and Symposia, Reproductive Health & Safety | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)