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UW-Eau Claire to Show Documentary About
History of Birth Control Movement in Wisconsin

RELEASED: April 9, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — The sociology department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host a discussion and screening of the film "The Defenders: A History of the Birth Control Movement in Wisconsin" from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in Room 102 of Hibbard Hall.

"The Defenders: A History of the Birth Control Movement in Wisconsin" is about the fight to access birth control and reproductive freedom in the state of Wisconsin. The 90-minute documentary features interviews that illuminate the role birth control has played in the lives of women and families.

"This film comes at a critical juncture in the fight for reproductive rights," said Pamela Forman, a UW-Eau Claire assistant professor of sociology. "Only two counties in Wisconsin currently offer abortions. Many of the people who reap the benefits of that fight are largely unaware of the historic struggle for and current threat to their freedom."

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Deborah Hobbins, the regional vice-president of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Hobbins will discuss the factors that led to the making of this film and will answer questions about the film or about Planned Parenthood's investment in birth control and reproductive rights.

Forman said the goal of the event is to have students, faculty and community members engage in a discussion about reproductive rights in Wisconsin and the United States. The event is sponsored by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the Women's and Gender Equity Center at UW-Eau Claire, the departments of sociology and economics and the Women's Studies Program at UW-Eau Claire, Spectrum, College Democrats, College Feminists and the Progressive Media Network.

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