Abortion laws in Arkansas are some of the worst in the country. Conservative lawmakers have not made abortion illegal but they have done everything in their power to make it almost impossible for women to receive proper abortion care. Earlier this year the governor of Arkansas signed a bill that makes getting a D&E illegal, which makes having an abortion after thirteen weeks very difficult. In addition to this law Arkansas also passed a bill that prohibits “sex selection” abortions, and requires doctors to investigate past pregnancies if the patient says she knows the sex of the fetus to determine the reasons why she is seeking an abortion. These two laws are a disgusting example of how state governments can make abortion access difficult for women.
Arkansas Abortion Support Network is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to reduce barriers to abortion access in Arkansas. They provide escorts at the lone abortion clinic in Arkansas to ensure that patients are able to enter and exit the building safely. They provide assistance to cover costs associated with having an abortion, travel and lodging, and child care. In addition to practical support AASN also participates in education and advocacy events.
We are thrilled to raise money Arkansas Abortion Support Network. Help us show the women of Arkansas that they are not alone in the ongoing fight for reproductive rights.
These five dynamic women will share an essay about a time they didn't listen. We can't wait to hear their stories. All proceeds from ticket sales and a portion of bar sales will go directly to Arkansas Abortion Support Network.
Julie Buntin is from northern Michigan. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, Cosmopolitan, O, The Oprah Magazine, Slate, Electric Literature, and One Teen Story, among other publications. She teaches fiction writing at Marymount Manhattan College, and is the director of writing programs at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lauren Duca is an award-winning freelance journalist who has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, but, more importantly, Chelsea Handler's Netflix show. In addition to working as a contributing editor for Teen Vogue, her work can be found in The New Yorker, The Nation, New York magazine, Vice, Cosmopolitan, Pacific Standard, and The New Inquiry, among other places, such as a scrapbook that her parent's have been maintaining since she was in kindergarten.
Swati Khurana was born in New Delhi and raised in the Hudson Valley, and lives in the Bronx. She has been published in The New York Times, Guernica, Chicago Quarterly Review, The Offing, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her art has been shown at Brooklyn Museum of Art, DUMBO Arts Festival, Smithsonian, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo - Costa Rica. She was a founding member of the South Asian Women's Creative Collective. In 2016-2017, she will be working on her novel The No.1 Printshop of Lahore through the Center for Fiction's Emerging Writers and Vermont Studio Center's Grace Paley Fiction Fellowships.
Angela Ledgerwood is the creator and host of the literary podcast Lit Up, a weekly conversation with some of the world’s most provocative writers. She currently writes about books for Esquire.com. She started her writing career interviewing artists for Interview Magazine, and was recently Cosmopolitan Magazine’s books editor-at-large. Previously she was a features editor at Cosmopolitan where she interviewed some of her favorite people including Senator Elizabeth Warren, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Her nonfiction has been published in Marie Claire, The Coveteur and Condé Nast Traveler.
Aurvi Sharma writes nonfiction that lies at the crossroads of research and poetry. She has been awarded prizes from Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner and Wasafiri, and received scholarships and fellowships from AWP, the MacDowell Colony, the Santa Fe Art Institute, Tin House and Sarai. Her essay, Eleven Stories of Water and Stone was a notable in the 2016 Best American Essays. Her writing is also forthcoming in The Kenyon Review and Pleiades.
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Please join us on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 7pm, at Elsa.