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    Queens College professor discusses latest book at women’s studies colloquia

    On Sept. 22, Karen Weingarten, assistant professor of English, spoke about her recently published book titled Abortion in the American Imagination: Before Life and Choice, 1880 – 1940 in colloquia hosted by the Women’s Studies department. Weingarten discussed how early 20th century literary works, films and culture could help us understand the issue of abortion. “I argue in my book that by looking at abortion rhetoric from the early 20th century, we can see how anti-abortion sentiment emerged from anxieties about race, immigration and changing economic conditions,” Weingarten said. “I think that the current abortion debate is still influenced by those same factors, but the current controversy about abortion tends…

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    Seven panelists meet to discuss ‘Reproductive Justice’

    Pictures of a pale woman, handcuffed, wearing an orange jumpsuit and being led by a uniformed guard were shown on the projector. The woman, Bei Bei Shuai, is held without bail in the state of Indiana after attempting to commit suicide. While pregnant, Shuai was overcome with a severe bout of depression and decided to end her life by taking rat poison. Her friends rushed her to the hospital and her baby was delivered via caesarean, eight days after she had taken the poison. However, the child died due to complications of a cerebral hemorrhage four days later. She is now being tried for what the prosecutor called, “attempted feticide…