Women’s health care in Texas is subject of SMU public forum Jan. 31

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Women’s health care in Texas is subject of SMU public forum Jan. 31

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis

State Sen. Wendy Davis will participate in a public forum on women’s health care in Texas at SMU Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.

The SMU Women’s and Gender Studies Program will sponsor a public forum Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013 on the effects of proposed Texas anti-abortion legislation that has been criticized by women’s rights advocates as crippling state-funded health care options for all women.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall, the forum comes 40 years to the week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortion legal in the landmark Texas case Roe v. Wade.

The event will feature a discussion with Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (pictured right, D-Fort Worth), Dallas physician (OB-GYN) Deborah Fuller and Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas President and CEO Ken Lambrecht. It will be moderated by Dave Mann, editor of The Texas Observer, which has been highlighting the issue in a series of articles and events.

Admission will be free to the public, but reservations are required; RSVP to Jenny Leigh Walthall at The Texas Observer.

“This forum will address the forgotten needs of under- and uninsured women, the key role of funding in the women’s health debate, and the uncertain future of choice in Texas,” says Beth Newman, director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in SMU’s Dedman College. The program is sponsoring the event with The Texas Observer.

“Recent actions by the Texas Legislature are putting the health of women and their families at risk,” Newman says. “The defunding of Planned Parenthood is not only an assault on women’s reproductive freedom, but also on the total health of many of our citizens, especially low-income women.”

“Collateral Damage” continues the Women’s and Gender Studies Program’s focus on women’s health care issues after its panel discussion with Sandra Fluke last fall.

Written by Denise Gee

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January 30, 2013|Calendar Highlights, News|

Women’s health advocate Sandra Fluke to speak at SMU Sept. 24

Women's health advocate Sandra FlukeWomen’s health advocate Sandra Fluke — the Georgetown University law student Rush Limbaugh verbally attacked earlier this year for supporting contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act — will be at SMU Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 to discuss “Economics and Equality: How Obstacles to Women’s Health Care Access Affect Us All.”

Fluke’s appearance is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater and is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program with support from Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Embrey Human Rights Program and the Office of the Provost.

On the heels of her speech at the Democratic National Convention Sept. 5, and her March testimony before a Democratic steering committee, “Sandra Fluke is emerging as one of our most outspoken advocates for reproductive rights and women’s health issues,” says Beth Newman, director of SMU’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program and associate professor of English.

“Our goal is not to stage a debate between adversaries who hurl worn-out sound bites at one another. We want to offer students and the community an informed discussion about the relationship between reproductive rights and women’s health and how the conversation plays out in the media.”

Joining Fluke for the panel discussion will be:

  • Charles E. Curran, SMU’s Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values, “who can provide insight, as a moral theologian and loyal dissenter within the Catholic Church, into some of the issues Fluke raised in her testimony last March,” Newman says.
  • SMU Associate Provost and Dedman School of Law Professor Linda Eads, who can add legal expertise to the discussion.
  • Ken Lambrecht, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, “who can speak about how the Texas legislature’s recent defunding of all Planned Parenthood clinics is affecting women’s health,” Newman says.
  • Event moderator Karen Thomas, professor of practice in Meadows School of the Arts. The award-winning journalist has 25 years’ experience covering the news as well as health and family issues.

For more information, contact the SMU Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Written by Denise Gee

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September 20, 2012|Calendar Highlights, News|

Dr. Laura Berman to speak at 2010 Women’s Symposium

Dr. Laura BermanTherapist, sex educator, columnist, radio host and women’s health leader Dr. Laura Berman will deliver the Emmie V. Baine Lecture during SMU’s 45th Annual Women’s Symposium.

This year’s event, “Answers Empower: You Can Ask the Questions,” is scheduled for March 3, 2010, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Dr. Berman will speak during lunch at the Symposium, which is the oldest continuously running program of its kind in the country and attracts more than 400 community leaders, high school students and college students, faculty and staff members each year.

Berman has given advice about sex and relationships on “The Today Show” and CNN, as well as in publications including The New York Times, USA Today, Glamour, Elle and Ladies’ Home Journal. She also writes an online column, “In the Bedroom with Dr. Laura Berman,” and starred in Showtime’s hit reality series “Sexual Healing,” which followed real-life couples through a week in therapy with her. Her latest book, The Book of Love: Every Couple’s Guide to Emotional and Sexual Intimacy, was released by DK Publishing in January 2010.

Dr. Berman is familiar to millions through her nightly Sirius XM Radio program, “Better in Bed,” and her regular appearances on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” That familiarity makes her an ideal individual to lead a conversation on women’s health and wellness, says Karen Click, SMU Women’s Center director and Women’s Symposium coordinator. “She is an expert in women’s health and speaks with an inspiring confidence about issues affecting women.”

Symposium topics range from medical myths to the state of the U.S. health insurance system, with discussions on body image, healthy nutrition and more.

Each year, Women’s Symposium participants provide feedback on topics for the following year’s event. Throughout 2009, the Symposium Advisory Board and Student Planning CORE Committee “kept returning to the theme of women’s health,” Click says. “As the national conversation on health and healthcare has been so prominent, we knew that we had hit upon a good topic.”

Through researching the subject and asking women about their health interests, “we found that more often than not they had questions instead of answers,” she adds – hence the 2010 Symposium title.

“We hope that the speakers, workshops and resources will provide answers to the myriad of questions that women have about their health,” Click says.

Symposium attendance is free for SMU faculty, staff and students; the registration deadline is Feb. 24. Register online or contact Wendy Smith, 214-768-4792.

Learn more at the SMU Women’s Symposium website
Visit Dr. Berman’s homepage at www.drlauraberman.com

February 16, 2010|Calendar Highlights, News, Save the Date|
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