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Book Talk: Obstacle Course
Thursday, June 25, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
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Join NSRH for a virtual book talk with Carole Joffe and David S. Cohen to discuss their new book Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America. This conversation will be moderated by Susan Yanow.

Obstacle Course tells the story of abortion in America, capturing a disturbing reality of insurmountable barriers people face when trying to exercise their legal rights to medical services. Authors David S. Cohen and Carole Joffe lay bare the often arduous and unnecessarily burdensome process of terminating a pregnancy: the sabotaged decision-making, clinics in remote locations, insurance bans, harassing protesters, forced ultrasounds and dishonest medical information, arbitrary waiting periods, and unjustified procedure limitations.
Thursday June 25, 2020
2:00 PM Eastern Time
Registration is required to receive Zoom link.
About the authors and moderator:
Carole Joffe is a professor in the Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) program in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. She is also a professor emerita of sociology at the University of California, Davis. She has written several other books on abortion.
David S. Cohen is a professor of law at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where he teaches constitutional law, reproductive rights, and gender and the law. Prior to teaching, Cohen was a staff attorney at the Women's Law Project. He is currently on the board of the Women's Law Project and the Abortion Care Network. His previous book is Living in the Crosshairs: The Untold Stories of Anti-Abortion Terrorism.
Susan Yanow is a long-time reproductive rights activist and works to expand access to abortion domestically and internationally through consulting projects. She is a cofounder of Women Help Women, an international organization that provides abortion and contraception services, Creating a Clinician Corps (C3), which identifies abortion providers willing to travel to states where they are needed, and the EASE Project (Expanding Abortion SErvices in the South). She is a founder and consultant to the Later Abortion Initiative. She is the spokesperson for SASS – Self-managed Abortion; Safe and Supported. Susan also serves on the Boards of the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women. She is currently a board member for NSRH