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Meet the Author: Patricia Relf

Thursday, September 26 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm

Featuring the book To Offer Compassion: A History of the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion by Doris A. Dirks and Patricia A. Relf

In 1967, when abortion was either illegal or highly restricted in every U.S. state, a group 
of ministers and rabbis formed to counsel women with unwanted pregnancies—including referral to licensed physicians willing to perform the procedure. By 1973, the Clergy Consultation Service on Abortion eventually spread from coast to coast, referring hundreds of thousands of women for safe abortions without a single fatality. Hear 
co-author Patricia Relf discuss the writing 
of this detailed history of this unique and 
largely forgotten movement, drawing on extensive interviews with original participants. Publisher’s Weekly wrote that the book, “Provide [s] critically important social history that too many in today’s abortion wars have never known or chosen to forget.” Books will be available for sale/signing at this event from Michigan News Agency.

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Thursday, September 26
6:00 pm–7:00 pm
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