Reproductive rights is topic of Nov. 11 presentation at TTU

Reproductive rights will be the topic of a presentation at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Tennessee Tech University’s Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Cristina Page, author of How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America, will lead a lecture titled “The Right to Agree: Why Common Ground Eludes the Abortion Conflict in America.”

Page will outline common ground between pro-life and pro-choice advocates, explain why she thinks action is not always jointly pursued and discuss the impact on birth control access both nationally and internationally. Her stated intention is to generate rational and productive discussion on the topic in a question and answer session to follow her presentation.

“This is an appropriate topic for community discussion, especially among college-aged women who may be the most affected by government policies. Ms. Page has stated her desire to go beyond polarizing politics to find common ground, areas where most Americans can agree. While there is no denying her pro-choice perspective, she has the ability and the will to engage in nonpartisan dialogue,” said Diana Lalani, Women’s Center secretary.

Although Page acknowledges there may never be a solution to the fundamental disagreements, by focusing on the issues that most Americans can agree rather than emphasizing the differences, she attempts to build bridges between highly divided groups. Through this, Page said she sees the potential for the movements to serve Americans in a positive way.

“We are looking forward to hearing from Ms. Page, who is an expert on both movements and who can place these concerns into a larger cultural framework,” said Gretta Stanger, director of the Women’s Center.

Page is a spokesperson for BirthControlWatch, an organization dedicated to alerting the public of increasing attacks on the right to use contraception. Her op-eds have been published in more than 130 newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Baltimore Sun.

She is also a consultant for national pro-choice groups and has proposed policies adopted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New Jersey State legislature.

She has worked in the editorial departments of Glamour and Ms. magazines, run a gubernatorial campaign and edited The Smart Girl’s Guide to College. She is married and has two sons.

A Center Stage Event, the lecture is free and open to the public.