Rally for Life Mass Saturday, January 18, 2014
Before the march begins, a Rally for Life Mass will be celebrated at 9:30am at St. Augustine’s Church in Montpelier. A reception with coffee and doughnuts sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of Court St. Augustine’s will be offered immediately following the Mass in the church hall. All are welcome!
10:45am Rally for Life begins behind City Hall
11:00am March to the State House Steps for opening remarks
11:15pm Proceed to House Chambers for Guest Speaker Serrin Foster: The Feminist Case against abortion
1:30pm Refreshments in the State House Cafeteria
The Feminist Case Against Abortion
FFL President Serrin M. Foster has led Feminists for Life of America since 1994. Under her leadership, FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, worked in coalition with other women’s organizations to defeat the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform. She helped to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act. Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act, and she also testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee in support of the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, also known as “Laci and Conner’s Law.” As the creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign, Serrin has been an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on‐campus resources and support for under‐served pregnant and parenting students. Serrin moderated the first‐ever FFL Pregnancy Resource Forum at Georgetown University, which became a model for the country and in 2010 became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Serrin’s landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “great speeches in history” in an anthology called Women’s Rights.