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The War on Contraception -- Religious Fundamentalism and Public Policy

Event organized by the Columbia Chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, featuring Erin Matson, Action Vice President of the National Organization for Women (NOW)
Also speaking:

Steven K. Green, -- Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy and Professor of Law - Willamette University College of Law;
Michele Stranger Hunter -- Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon;
Laura Terrill Patten -- Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

Ms. Matson will address the issue of birth control as a perceived assault on religious freedom, and the misuse of "conscience" as part of an agenda to block women's access to contraception. She will discuss ongoing efforts and difficulties toward expanding access to contraception at the federal and state level, as well as through corporate policy; and will share her experiences from the front lines of this battle, offering ideas on how each of us can help.

Erin Matson is a graduate of Georgetown University. She has been a communications manager and speech writer for several public figures and organizations committed to "shattering the glass ceiling." Her written work has been included in a variety of publications, including a University of Michigan textbook.

To date, she is the longest standing member of NOW's Feminist Task Force. In 2003, at age 23, she was elected Minnesota's NOW president - the youngest state officer in the country. Before the age of 30 Ms. Matson was appointed as a one of the youngest national NOW officers. She has successfully fought against pharmacist refusal clauses, and she publicly debated Phyllis Schlafly over caregiver protection through Social Security.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Free and open to the public.

At the Eliot Center behind the historic First Unitarian Church in Downtown Portland

1226 SW Salmon Street. Wheelchair accessible.

Parking on the street is free after 7 PM and the parking lot, which is directly across Salmon St. from the event, charges $3 for the whole evening.

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