The Los Angeles chapter of the Committee on Abortion Rights and Sterilization Abuse (CARASA) presents a teach-in on reproductive rights in response to the growing conservative backlash against the achievements of the women's movement, especially initiatives like the anti-abortion Hyde Amendment. Topics covered in the teach-in include the history of reproductive rights, the legal questions involved, the anti-abortion movement, sterilization abuse and population control, gay and lesbian rights, the right to have children when you want them, and sexual freedom. Part 1 of this program focuses on abortion and features speeches by Joan Vogel, moderator of the panel, a law student at UCLA and member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and CARASA; Sherna Gluck, instructor of Women's Studies at Cal State Long Beach; and Ramona Ripston, executive director of the Southern California ACLU and founding member of National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL); Part 2 addresses sterilization and includes speeches by Louise Sherley, member of CARASA, artist and union organizer; Debbie Freeman, feminist health worker and member of CARASA-LA; and Maria Rodriguez, director of the Chicana Rights Project of Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Part 3 features Betty Brooks, assistant professor of Women's Studies at Cal State Long Beach, who addresses gays and lesbian liberation and reproductive rights; and the right to have children when you want them is addressed by Drucilla Cornell, law student at UCLA and member of the NLG, former union organizer and active member of the Torrance PTA; and discussions and questions from the audience. Produced by Clare Spark for KPFK.
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