The 2019 Lawrence Lader Lecture

Katie L. Watson, JD
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Thursday, May 23, 2019
8 a.m.

The Lawrence Lader Lectureship on Family Planning and Reproductive Rights
 at The Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School was established by a gift from advocate and author Lawrence Lader. The Lader Lecture creates an annual public forum to spotlight the broad range of medical, ethical, social, and scientific issues surrounding human reproduction. The series began in 1997 when Faye Wattleton, former head of Planned Parenthood, spoke on Reproductive Freedom for the 21st Century. Currently the lectureship is managed by the Center for Bioethics, and organized by a committee representing the Harvard teaching hospitals. The lecturer rotates among the Harvard teaching hospitals, and this year it will be held at HMS.

Lawrence Lader has been described by Betty Friedan as the "father of abortion rights.";  A 1941 graduate of Harvard College, he was the founding chair of NARAL, the National Abortion Rights Action League. Mr. Lader is a journalist and author of 11 books including Abortion, which was quoted nine times in the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision; The Margaret Sanger Story and the Fight for Birth Control, the first published biography of Margaret Sanger; and most recently A Private Matter: RU-486 and the Abortion Crisis. In 1975 he founded Abortion Rights Mobilization, which today is at the center of the struggle to make the French abortion pill RU-486 available to American women.

Past Lader Lecturers

2018    Carol Sanger, JD - "Abortion Privacy/Abortion Secrecy: What is the Difference and Why Does it Matter?"
2017    Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc - "Conscience Provision of Abortion Care: Why I Provide "
2016    Michele Bratcher Goodwin, JD - "Policing The Womb: The New Politics of Reproduction"
2015    Maggie Little, BPhil, PhD – “Research with Pregnant Women: a Moral Imperative"
2014    Lynn M. Paltrow, JD – “Roe v. Wade Today: Reproductive Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration”
2013    Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA – “Getting Beyond the Birth Wars: In Search of A Good Birth”
2010    Nicholas D. Kristof – “Half the Sky: A Journalist Reports on Women Around the World“
2008    Debora L. Spar, PhD – “The Baby Business: What’s Wrong with the Current Market for Reproductive Medicine and How to Make it Better“
2006    Nawal M. Nour, MD, MPH – “Female Genital Cutting: Health, Ethics and Rights“
2005    Kate Michelman – “Facing a Future without Roe“
2004    Carolyn Westhoff, MD – “RU486, Plan B, and the Pharmacological Revolution in Reproductive Rights“
2003    Mark Hughes, MD, PhD – “Reproductive Genetics: The Science, the Medicine and the Ethical Challenges“
2001    Phillip G. Stubblefield, MD – “Safe Abortion: Will There Be Providers?
2000    LeRoy Carhart, MD – “‘Partial-Birth Abortion’, the Supreme Court, and Physician Autonomy“
2000    Daniel Callahan, PhD & Sidney Callahan, PhD – “Pro-Life, Pro-Choice: A 30-Year Marital Dispute “
1999    Adrienne Asch, PhD – “Licensing Parents: Fertility Clinics as Social Police“
1997    Faye Wattleton – “Reproductive Freedom for the 21st Century“