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Religion, Law, & Reproductive Rights

Religion, Law, and Reproductive Rights

On Tuesday, January 22, 2013 in the University Center Theater at the University of Memphis, CROW and almost 50 local organizations observed the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with a documentary screening and panel discussion.

Nearly 200 people came out to to attend the screening of the Emmy-award winning documentary  From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Aboroe v wadertion.  This Emmy-award winning film weaves together two parallel stories: the evolution of 'underground' networks that helped women find safe abortions outside the law, and the efforts of activists and legislators who dedicated themselves to legalizing abortion. Archival footage, combined with interviews, brings history alive by documenting the courage of those who broke the silence and saved women's lives.  Betsy Mandel-Carley, who participated in the initial Texas hearings that led to Roe v. Wade, opened the evening. Following the documentary host and co-producer of the WKNO TV-10 weekly series, "Local Color", Mamie Shannon, led audience members in a meaningful discussion with our esteemed panelist; and Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, Professor of History at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, ended the evening by thanking our guests, panelists, hosts, sponsors, and especially the Charl Ormond Williams Foundation, whose generous contribution catalyzed this event.

For a list of our panelists and full biographies click here

Panelists Hosts WAC Women
Beverly Dixie Beverly Couple
Brian Claudia Rebecca CROW Staff
Elokin Will Man at Table
Peace Student Helper
Panelists  Panelists Two
 Crowd  Event Organizers


Many thanks to the Charl Ormond Williams Foundation, whose generous contribution catalyzed this event, and to our gracious hosting and supporting organizations!

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee
  • African & African-American Studies Department, University of Memphis
  • Beth Sholom Synagogue
  • Bonner Center for Faith & Service, Rhodes College
  • Calvary Episcopal Church
  • Center for Research on Women, University of Memphis
  • Democratic Women of Shelby County
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • First Unitarian Church, "Church of the River"
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies Program, Rhodes College
  • Germantown Democratic Club
  • History Department, University of Memphis
  • Idlewild Presbyterian Church
  • Happy Jones
  • Judy Scharff Fund
  • Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities, University of Memphis
  • Medical Students Association, University of Tennessee
  • Memphis Area Women's Council
  • Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center
  • Mid-South AIDS Fund
  • National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Memphis Chapter
  • Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Adrienne Pakis-Gillon
  • Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region
  • Political Science Department, University of Memphis
  • School of Public Health, University of Memphis
  • Shelby County Democratic Party
  • St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral
  • Tennessee Equality Project
  • Tennessee Women's Political Caucus
  • Temple Israel
  • Women's & Gender Studies Program, University of Memphis
  • West Tennesseans for Progress
  • Jocelyn Wurzburg


  • Drinking Liberally Memphis
  • First Congregational Church
  • Healthy & Free Tennessee
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice, University of Memphis
  • Religious Studies Department, University of Memphis
  • Shady Grove Presbyterian Church
  • SisterReach
  • Tennessee Democratic Party
  • VOX, Rhodes College
  • VOX, University of Memphis
  • Women's Action Coalition of the MidSouth
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