If the U.S. supported women, children, and families more fully - as they do in Europe - should elective abortion be further restricted?

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Charlie Camosy and Robin Marty debate further abortion restrictions.

Date & Time:

Monday, October 10, 2016
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM


This program is free and open to the public. Application has been made for a continuing-legal-education credit.


Room 235, School of Law, Minneapolis Campus

Charles Camosy and Robin Marty

Charles Camosy and Robin Marty

After years of conflict, is there any possibility for common ground in the abortion debate? It is often suggested that increased social supports for women, children, and families can reduce the numbers of abortions and unwanted pregnancies. Western European nations provide more social supports than America does; but their laws also regulate abortion more strictly than American laws. Is such a model -- greater social supports, more restrictions on elective abortions -- a proper or feasible one for America?


Charlie Camosy is Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University and the author of four books, including Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward for a New Generation (Eerdmans, 2015). In addition to serving on the board of Democrats for Life,  he is part of the international working group "Contending Modernities" which attempts to bring secular liberalism, Catholicism, and Islam into dialogue about bioethics.

Robin Marty is a freelance reporter and the author of Crow After Roe: How Women’s Health Is the New “Separate But Equal” and How to Change That.  Robin focuses primarily on state-based abortion access, including legislation, clinic access, and the people who provide abortion services or support those clinics, as well as the national and local movement leaders seeking to make abortion illegal. 

Thomas C. Berg, moderator, is the James L. Oberstar Professor of Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas.  

This debate is cosponsored by the University of St. Thomas Pro-Life Center, Lex Vitae, and the Luann Dummer Center for Women.

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