Charleston Screening of “Jane: An Abortion Service” With Panel Discussion
02/27/2022, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Stern Center Gardens, 71 George Street Charleston, SC 29401
WREN in partnership with Kym Smith and Soda City Bail Fund, College of Charleston Women’s and Gender Studies, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, and Carolina Abortion Fund present a screening and panel discussion about abortion justice and reproductive rights. Jane: An Abortion Service is a fascinating political look at a little-known chapter in gender justice movement history. The film tells the story of “Jane,” the Chicago-based women’s health group who performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical training.
Following the film is a panel discussion featuring Meredith Matthews, Field Organizer with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic; Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Director of Engagement with Carolina Abortion Fund; Cora Webb, Program Director with We Are Family; Tessa Torgovitsky, Sex Ed Beyond Abstinence Campaign Organizer with Carolina Youth Action Project; Astasia Williams-Berteles, Berkeley County Public Defender; and Anjali, the artist behind Diaspoura!
Seating will be outdoors and limited in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks will be required. Zero COVID SC will provide covid screening from 6-7p.
If you have a disability or are a lactating parent that requires a reasonable accommodation, please contact Melissa Moore by February 17 via email [firstname.lastname@example.org] or telephone [843.709.9111] to discuss your accessibility needs.
Meet the Panelists:
The singer, electronic producer, and new media artist behind Diaspoura. Diaspoura’s sound and speech has brought forth a fresh perspective to the media of a poor, brown, and gay South. Their newest music, web art, and events discuss artist exploitation and solidarity.
Tessa Torgovitsky (they, them & she, her)
A queer, Jewish, anti-racist feminist born in the nation’s capital. They moved from DC to South Carolina to attend the College of Charleston, where they received a B.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies. Tessa now works at the Carolina Youth Action Project! CYAP is an abolitionist organization that centers political education and community organizing to build power among girls, trans youth, and gender nonconforming youth. Tessa is one of their Campaign Organizers, working specifically around the Sex Education Beyond Abstinence Campaign.
Astasia Williams-Bertles (she/her)
An Assistant Public Defender in Berkeley County, South Carolina. Astasia practices criminal law, representing juveniles in the Family Court and adults in General Sessions. Astasia is a member of the Reproductive Justice Lawyers Network, the Charleston County Bar Association, the South Carolina Bar Association, and South Carolina’s Young Lawyers Division. Astasia earned her Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law in 2021. During her time in law school, she was the co-founder and co-president of CSOL’s Student Chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering For Reproductive Justice. She was the 2020 Elaine Fowler recipient, highlighting outstanding academic achievement, leadership and philanthropic potential, a strong commitment to the legal profession, and the promotion of diversity and inclusion. Astasia graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 2018, earning her bachelor’s degree in political science summa cum laude, where she played collegiate soccer. In her spare time, Astasia enjoys painting and staying active with her pitbull, Nova.
Cora Webb (they/them)
As a graduate of the College of Charleston, double majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Public Health, Cora Webb has developed a deep commitment to community advocacy and actively seeks to build communal care networks. Throughout her college career, she assisted with designing and implementing informative events that aimed to properly represent different cultures and advance the campus community’s understanding of gender, sexuality, and identity. As Program Director of We Are Family, Cora continues to prioritize community engagement while addressing community needs.
Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler (she/her)
The Director of Engagement for the Carolina Abortion Fund. Born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina, she served as a CAF campus intern while attending UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate. After earning her BAs in American History and Women’s and Gender Studies (her thesis focused on post-Roe challenges to abortion via the Supreme Court) in 2017, she volunteered as a helpline casework for CAF before joining the Board of Directors in 2018. Prior to joining staff in 2021, she earned her MA in Jewish Folklore with a focus on the Yiddish language and Holocaust resistance music from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Meredith Matthews (she/her)
Originally from Walterboro, SC, Meredith has lived in Charleston for the last 7 years. Meredith credits her rural upbringing and the positive influence of strong Black women for her passion in public policy and advocacy. While studying Political Science in college, she became mother to son, Ulysses who continues to inspire her commitment to serving the community. She is currently a Field Organizer with Planned Parenthood South Atlantic and chair of the Lowcountry Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Meredith is motivated by the need to protect historically marginalized communities and centering all intersections of Black identity in the conversation of social justice.
WREN, en asociación con Kym Smith y Soda City Bail Fund, College of Charleston Women’s and Gender Studies, Planned Parenthood South Atlantic y Carolina Abortion Fund, presenta una proyección y un panel de discusión sobre la justicia del aborto y los derechos reproductivos. “Jane: un servicio de abortos” es una mirada política fascinante sobre un capítulo muy poco conocido en la historia del movimiento de la justicia de género. La película cuenta la historia de “Jane”, el grupo de salud con base en Chicago que efectuó alrededor de 12,000 abortos seguros ilegales entre 1969 y 1973 con ninguna capacitación médica formal.
Después de la proyección de la película, habrá un panel de discusión con Meredith Matthews, Organizadora de Base de Planned Parenthood South Atlantic; Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler, Directora de Participación en Carolina Abortion Fund; Cora Webb, Directora de Programa en We Are Family; ¡entre otras personas!
Las ubicaciones serán al aire libre para evitar el contagio de COVID-19. Se exigirá el uso de mascarilla.
Si tiene alguna discapacidad o se encuentra lactando y necesita una acomodación razonable, contacte a Melissa Moore antes del 17 de febrero por correo electrónico [email@example.com] o por teléfono [843.709.9111] para conversar sobre sus necesidades de accesibilidad. También habrá disponible interpretación lingüística si se la solicita.
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