Global Reproductive Rights After Roe

Join us on Wednesday, September 14 for a conversation on the global state of reproductive rights in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

The Gavel Heard Around the World: Global Reproductive Rights After Roe. Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 6:30pm-7:45pm. New York Society for Ethical Culture.

Now that the United States Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, the world is watching.

MSI Reproductive Choices will be joined by leaders from the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Guttmacher Institute for a lively and important discussion about global reproductive rights after Roe.

The discussion, entitled The Gavel Heard Around the World, will be moderated by The 19th’s News Editor, Flora Pier and held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture as the first in their Global Citizens series. The session is free and a Q&A session will follow. Click here to register!

Regression on abortion rights in the United States threatens access to critical sexual and reproductive health services for many of the most marginalized communities in the world. Global reproductive rights after Roe are endangered by an emboldened global opposition movement, which often draws funding and strategy from its U.S. counterparts. 

This timely dialogue invites all global citizens committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights to consider the far-reaching ramifications of regressive U.S. policies. Together, we will imagine how we can unite to advance these rights around the world as we share stories of resilience and hope from the front lines. 

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About the panelists 

Rebecca Brown, Senior Director of Global Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights 

Rebecca joined the Center in 2013 and leads the Center’s advocacy team in building human rights standards and seeking increased recognition and implementation of reproductive rights at the global level. Rebecca and her team have successfully positioned reproductive rights as fundamental human rights at the United Nations Security Council, at UN human rights bodies, and within key global coalitions. Rebecca serves on the steering committee for the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crisis. 

Heather D. Boonstra, Vice President for Public Policy at the Guttmacher Institute 

Heather Boonstra is Vice President for Public Policy at the Guttmacher Institute. She serves on the Institute’s Executive Leadership Team, where she plays a key role in developing Institute-wide strategic and programmatic priorities. She provides broad oversight and day-to-day management of Guttmacher’s Policy Division, and leads our policy team to maximize the impact of Guttmacher’s research and policy analysis at the state, federal and global levels. 

Dr. Carole Sekimpi, Senior Country Director at MSI Reproductive Choices 

Carole serves as a senior Country Director with MSI Africa. She is a public health practitioner, working to expand access to SRHR. Prior to MSI, she supported access to life saving HIV treatments in Uganda. A mother to four beautiful girls, Carole is passionate about women’s health, rights and empowerment. 

Moderator: Flora Peir, News Editor at The 19th 

Flora Peir is the news editor at The 19th, a publication dedicated to the intersection of gender and policy. Her team writes about legislative moves, the military, policy initiatives, culture and everything in between. She joined The 19th in 2021 after 18 years as an editor in the metro, national, international and print departments at The New York Times. She and her family live in Queens. 

Host: Dr. Nori Rost, Resident Acting Leader at the New York Society for Ethical Culture 

Prior to joining the New York Society for Ethical Culture as its newest Leader, Dr. Nori Rost served the All-Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs, CO as their settled minister for 13 years. Before that, she was a minister with Metropolitan Community Church, a queer Christian denomination, for almost 20 years. She is passionate about social justice and has been involved in social rights activism since she was 17. She is an outspoken advocate for justice and equity and has received many awards and recognition for her work. 

Nori holds a Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado, and a Doctor of Ministry from the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In addition, she holds a Certificate for Spiritual Direction from the Benet Hill Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

This event is co-organized by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Guttmacher Institute, MSI United States, and the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 


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