[act-ma] Celebrate the Life of Dr. Edelin, Defend Right to Abortion

Boston Militant Labor Forum bostonmlf at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 27 04:37:17 PST 2014

                                                          The Militant Labor Forum
Defend a
Woman’s Right to Abortion
the life of Dr. Kenneth Edelin

                                                   Friday, January 31, 7:30 pm
Bennington Street, 2nd floor, East Boston

 Kenneth Edelin, a Boston physician and
life-long champion of women’s rights who gained national attention through a
successful fight against an anti-abortion frame-up, died of cancer Dec. 30 at
age 74.
   In 1973 — the same
year of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that decriminalized abortion —
Edelin became the first African-American to serve as chief resident in
Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston City Hospital. Two years later he was
charged with manslaughter over an abortion and convicted in a trial marked by
racist bigotry. His defense campaign became intertwined with the fight for
Black rights and school desegregation that was raging in the city at that time,
strengthening both the struggles for women’s emancipation and against racist
   Today with abortion rights
under attack come to a discussion on how to defend a woman’s right to abortion
looking back at the life and fight of Kenneth Edelin.

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