About the speaker: For 25 years Frances Kissling led Catholics for Choice in challenging Vatican opposition to legal abortion and articulating prochoice Catholic views. Currently a visiting scholar at Penn’s Center for Bioethics, she is researching and writing on those experiences. Kissling was a fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Bioethics at Penn. A prolific writer, Kissling has published in the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, and Boston Globe, publishing over 150 op-eds and articles. She is researching a book that addresses current controversies in abortion including the late term abortion, adolescent access to services, fetal pain, men’s rights, and the right to conscience. Kissling was one of the organizers last year of a conference at Princeton which brought together 400 experts and activists on the issue, half prochoice and half prolife. She is was featured on NPR’s “On Being” as an advocate of dialogue and civil conversation.
This year her work has taken her to 7 African countries, Myanmar and Central American where she conducts workshops on “Values, Beliefs and Facts: How to Think About Abortion.”