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Lecture on reproductive rights is April 12

Ophra Leyser-WhalenMorehead State’s Gender Studies Program is bringing Dr. Ophra Leyser-Whalen, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at the University of Texas at El Paso, to campus for a lecture on reproductive rights Tuesday, April 12, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Breckinridge Hall room 002.

Leyser-Whalen's talk is titled "Reproductive Rights in Texas and Beyond: What's the Future for Kentucky?" She will outline the erosion of reproductive health access over the past 10 years in Texas and discuss these effects from the lens of Texas abortion funds. She will conclude with general projections for what the near future of reproductive access will look like in Texas, Kentucky, and the United States.  

“Gender Studies is proud to host Dr. Leyser-Whalen to discuss the timely topic of reproductive rights. As general assemblies across the nation seek to restrict girls' and women's bodily autonomy, the Gender Studies program at MSU offers the opportunity for attendees to better understand the issues at stake,” said Dr. Bernadette Barton, MSU professor of sociology and Gender Studies program coordinator.  

The event is sponsored by the Gender Studies program and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.  

To learn more about the Gender Studies program at MSU, visit, email Barton at or call 606-783-2710.