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, delivered the lecture "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 lecture is held at one of the Harvard teaching hospitals.
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 eleven books including "Abortion," which was quoted nine times in the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision; "The Margaret Sanger Story: 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.
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“