"I am somebody who believes that Roe versus Wade was rightly decided. I think that abortion is a very difficult issue and it is a moral issue and one that I think good people on both sides can disagree on."
-President-Elect Obama in the Third 2008 Presidential Debate
During the 2008 campaign, President-Elect Barack Obama repeatedly voiced themes of change, unity, and innovation. How will the new administration bring those themes to bear on a topic as divisive as reproductive rights?
How will it balance Obama’s commitment to the reproductive rights recognized in Roe v. Wade with his commitment to a new, less divisive politics? Are there areas of common ground where meaningful progress can be achieved and issues that should never be compromised?
Join us for a lively discussion of these and other pressing questions.
Jessica Arons, Director, Women’s Health & Rights Program, Center for American Progress
Geeta Rao Gupta, President, International Center for Research on Women
Malika Saada Saar, Founder and Executive Director, Rebecca Project for Human Rights
James Wagoner, President, Advocates for Youth
Shira Saperstein, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Deputy Director and Program Director for Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health, Moriah Fund