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POWER OF SHE: Let's Talk About Abortion

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The Collective Seattle

400 Dexter Avenue North

Seattle, WA 98109

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Given all of the restrictive abortion bills being passed in some states recently, and the inaccurate information that we've seen being shared in the media and on social media, we believe it's important to have a candid, progressive discussion about abortion. Please note, this is not a debate (Pro Choice vs. Anti Choice), this is a discussion to better understand the health care service that is abortion, reproductive rights and legislation in WA state and hear from women themselves who have had an abortion so we may better understand, empathize and share the knowledge and stories we hear with our networks.

The evening will consist of three different mini panels to learn more about abortion from a variety of viewpoints and experiences:

1. Legislative/Policy: Our esteened panel will educate us on the current WA state reproductive & abortion laws as well as discuss the "heartbeat bills" being passed in other states; and what legislators and reproductive rights organizations are doing to keep abortions safe and legal in WA state. Panelists include:

*WA State Senator Mona Das
*Legal Voice Executive Director, Lisa Stone
*Surge Reproductive Justice Executive Director, Jackie Vaughn

2. Providers who perform abortions and other medical professionals to share true stories about abortion and the women who come to them for this health care service. Panelists include:

*Dr. Suzanne Poppema - retired doctor who ran the Aurora Medical Services in Shoreline. She performed abortions for more than 20 years and wrote the book, “Why I Am an Abortion Doctor"
*Kira Poncelet - Medical Assistant & Abortion Counselor at Cedar River Clinics
*Dr. Anuj Khattar - Provider at Cedar River Clinics Seattle and Trust Women Clinic in Oklahoma


3. Women will share their personal abortion story - these women offered to share their stories - and we will be bearing witness and honoring this very personal choice that each made.


NON-PROFITS: The following organizations will have info tables at the event:
*NOW (Natl Org for Women, Seattle Chapter)
*Cedar River Clinics
*NARAL Pro Choice
*Shout Your Abortion
*Gender, Women &o Sexuality Studies (GWSS), UW Bothell
*Gender Justice League
*Planned Parenthood of the Great NW
*Legal Voice


...........DETAILS:
Venue: The Collective
400 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle

PARKING: Free on the street after 6pm or pay to park under the 400 Dexter Ave. N. building or another nearby pay lot

REFRESHMENTS: Light apps, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

All attendees are welcome to arrive early to The Collective to have dinner and drinks. At the front desk, tell them you are with ChickChat and make your way to the restaurant. If you have any issues, ask for Katie or Chris on staff.

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