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MEMPHIS, TN – Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is one of a coalition of more than forty Mid-South organizations, individuals and churches that have teamed up to host a documentary screening and panel discussion on the 40th anniversary of the U. S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal for women in across the country.

“Two generations have grown up since the Roe decision who don’t remember the days when abortion was illegal, and desperate women risked their lives and sometimes died because they had no access to safe, legal abortion,” said Barry Chase, CEO of Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region. “That’s why promoting understanding about how the Roe decision benefitted women’s health is more important now than ever before. Planned Parenthood is pleased to be among the host organizations for this event designed to raise awareness about the significance of the Roe decision.”

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at the University of Memphis’s University Center Theater. Admission is free.

The event is scheduled as follows:

6:00pm – Reception with refreshments
6:30pm – Screening of “From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion”
7:30pm – Panelist Discussion and Q&A

“From Danger to Dignity: The Fight for Safe Abortion” tells the story of the movement to legalize abortion that began long before the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The documentary, released in 1995 by film maker Dorothy Fadiman, features interviews with many activists who worked to legalize abortion in the early 1960’s.

Program participants include:

• Brian Faughnan, attorney, Board of Directors, ACLU Tennesee
• Betsy Mandel-Carley, social worker, participated in the initial Texas hearings that led to Roe vs. Wade
• Dr. Rosalyn R. Nichols, Memphis pastor of Freedom’s Chapel Christian Church and advocate to end relationship violence through faith
• Dr. Owen Phillips, OB/GYN, Associate Dean of Students at UT Medical School
• Rep. Karen Camper, Tennessee state representative from Memphis
• Mamie Shannon, the host of “Local Color” on WKNO will serve as moderator for the panel discussion.

Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region is pleased to be among the host organizations underwriting this event. To view the complete list of hosts and supporting organizations, click here.


Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region (PPGMR), founded in 1938, is an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. PPGMR’s mission is to ensure broad public access to reproductive and related health care through clinic services, education, advocacy and community partnerships in serving 42 counties in West Tennessee, North Mississippi and East Arkansas.


Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region


Joan Carr
Director of Community Affairs
(901) 725-3008


January 03, 2013