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October 16, 2013

NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue joins nationally-renowned bioethicist R. Alta Charo to mark Peninsula Power of Choice in Palo Alto

Talking access to abortion care: While California has expanded women’s health options, many women around the country see dwindling choices.

At the 13th Annual Peninsula Power of Choice Luncheon, NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue will speak to guests about the challenges and opportunities facing women as abortion access comes under attack around the country. Bioethics and law professor R. Alta Charo will deliver a keynote address on this evolving landscape of obstacles to reproductive freedom and what it means for women and our society.

“I’m excited to be coming to California to discuss abortion access, especially in the wake of Gov. Brown expanding women’s choices by signing the Abortion Access Bill, AB154, into law. California is truly leading the nation in protecting and broadening options for women to control their lives,” Hogue said. “Protecting women’s access to this kind of care keeps the doors open to so many other options for the future: everything from employment and education to starting a family. Now, women in California have more power to control their lives and make these decisions on their terms.”

WHO: Ilyse Hogue, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America
R. Alta Charo, Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at University of Wisconsin Law School
WHAT: 13th annual NARAL Pro-Choice America Peninsula Power of Choice Luncheon
WHEN: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
WHERE: Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
4290 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA
Media RSVP: The event is open to credentialed press. To RSVP, call Sarah La Due at (415) 890-1020 (office) or (916) 205-9655 (cell) or e-mail at

More about our speakers:

Ilyse G. Hogue has been president of NARAL Pro-Choice America since January 2013. She joined the organization with expertise in both electoral and advocacy campaigns from her time as director of political advocacy and communications at Using a mix of paid media, field work, and innovative online efforts, she led the charge to translate the energy of the organization’s millions of members into tangible legislative victories. In 2012, Ilyse helped build and lead Friends of Democracy, a political initiative to reduce the influence of big money in elections.

R. Alta Charo is the Warren P. Knowles Professor of Law and Bioethics at The University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she is on the faculty of both the law school and the medical school. Professor Charo worked on both infertility relief and family planning policies at the congressional Office of Technology Assessment and the US Agency for International Development.  She served on the board of the Alan Guttmacher Institute and the board of the Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health. Professor Charo served on President Obama’s transition team, focusing particularly on NIH, FDA, bioethics, stem cell policy, and women’s reproductive health.

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