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UTSA hosts March 23 teach-in on abortion issues

(March 22, 2005)--Pro-choice, pro-life or somewhere in the middle -- abortion has been hotly debated since long before the 1973 Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision.

The UTSA community has a chance to weigh-in on the issue with a teach-in from noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 23 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) at the 1604 Campus.

A panel of two pro-choice and two pro-life proponents will offer informed perspectives on the abortion issue before a moderator opens the floor to audience questions. The moderator will be Richard Gambitta, chair of the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography.

Judge Tom Rickhoff, Bexar County Probate Court 2, and Dr. Rudy Urby, president and CEO of Community Medicine Associates and clinical professor of family and community medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will discuss the pro-life side of the debate.

Dr. Deborah McNabb, obstetrician-gynecologist, and Jeffrey Hons, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of South Central Texas, will offer the pro-choice side of the issue.

The speakers will touch on the legal, medical and political aspects surrounding the abortion issue in general and as it affects Texas.

The forum is sponsored by the UTSA Progressive Student Organization, University Center, Office of Student Activities and the Department of Political Science and Geography.

For more information, contact Amy Jasperson at (210) 458-5431 or John Kaulfus at (210) 458-4740.

--Leigh Anne Gullett

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