We have added an additional plenary speaker, who will be our Saturday dinner speaker.
Serrin Foster has led Feminists for Life, a CL member group, since 1994. Under her leadership FFL successfully advocated benefits for poor and pregnant women through the State Child Health Insurance Program, defeated the mandatory “family cap” and other punitive child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, and worked to prevent poverty and coerced abortions due to threats to withhold child support through passage of the Enhanced Child Support Act of 1995.
Serrin served on the National Taskforce Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, which worked to pass the Violence Against Women Act. In 2003, Serrin 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.”
The creator of the Women Deserve Better® campaign has been an outspoken opponent of pregnancy discrimination and has focused on developing on-campus resources and support for underserved pregnant and parenting students.
Feminists for Life has been leading a revolution on campus to educate students at highest risk of abortion about our rich pro-life feminist heritage and redirect the debate toward woman-centered solutions. Serrin’s landmark speech, “The Feminist Case Against Abortion,” has been recognized as one of the “Great Speeches in History” in an anthology on Women’s Rights.
In 1997, Serrin moderated the first Pregnancy Resource Forum in the country at Georgetown University. FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Forums became a model for the country and have helped to redirect the debate toward woman-centered solutions. In 2010 FFL’s Pregnancy Resource Forums became the basis for Pregnancy Assistance Fund grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that will put into hyper-drive new pro-woman solutions on campus.