Upcoming Event — Food for Thought Speaker Event

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
Speakers: Rabia Muqaddam and Laurie Bertram Roberts
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
9:15 am to 11:45 am
Scarsdale Public Library, Scott Room

Event is free of charge and will be a morning coffee instead of a luncheon. Please RSVP to help us predict attendance.

Rabia Muqaddam and Laurie Bertram Roberts will be discussing their work and the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on women’s access to healthcare.

Rabia Muqaddam

Muqaddam is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, headquartered in New York, where she has worked since 2017. She is lead counsel in the challenges to the abortion bans and restrictions passed by the Oklahoma legislature in 2021 and 2022. She previously worked as a litigation associate at Dechert LLP. Muqaddam holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where she was a president of the Cornell Law Students for Reproductive Justice, an online editor for the Cornell Law Review, and a participant in the LGBT Clinical programs. She also holds a B.A. from Cornell University.

Laurie Bertram Roberts

Laurie Bertram Roberts is the co-founder and Executive Director of Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund (MRFF), a reproductive justice organization based in Jackson, Mississippi. MRFF provides financial assistance and practical support to persons seeking abortions, as well as free emergency contraception and community based comprehensive sex education to mitigate governmental restrictions and economic limitations that adversely impact people of low income – and especially those who are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). Bertram Roberts is a writer and activist whose experience dates to the early 2000s with Head Start advocacy, parent organizing, and voter education, utilizing years of diverse leadership and activism to empower communities marginalized by their gender, race, poverty, disability, and/or sexuality.

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