Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bodies and Babies

An eMail from Bihl Haus Arts:

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

"Are women suddenly running rampant in the streets by the millions, threatening society in unexpected ways?" asks Naomi Wolf rhetorically in a recent Guardian blog. "You would surely think so," she responds, "by looking at the pattern that is visible across the nation: state by state, a well-funded legislative war on women is being unleashed. Many of these new proposed bills, or recently passed state laws, attack in novel ways women's rights to ownership of their bodies and their basic life choices, which second-wave feminists thought long won." Texas, with one of the highest rates of uninsured women, is on the front lines. "In 2011," Mara Posada, of Planned Parenthood Texas, records that, "the Texas Legislature slashed the family planning program by 66%. Ideologically driven politics have shattered the Women's Health Program. . . [and the governor promises] Texas will not participate in the Medicaid expansion provision of the Affordable Care Act."

Bihl Haus Arts takes on this issue in "Women's Health/Women's Bodies," a conversation with OB/GYN specialist Dr. Roberta Krueger and Planned Parenthood's Mara Posada, this Thursday, August 16, 7 pm.

Dr. Roberta Krueger received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine, and did postgraduate work at the University of Texas Health Science Medical Center Hospital, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Krueger’s San Antonio practice focuses on obstetrics, gynecology, and women's wellness care with a strong commitment to education and the advancement of women's health knowledge. In her practice, she balances new technologies and medical advancements with primary tools of listening, looking and touching.

Mara Posada, Director of Community Relations, Planned Parenthood Trust of South Texas, joined the organization in 2006. She oversees media relations, agency publications, online/social media and community outreach. Most recently, Mara has enjoyed helping connect Planned Parenthood’s health mission with art projects and arts organizations, including the upcoming Governing Bodies art exhibition at Gallery Nord (opning Oct. 6th). Mara was born and raised in San Antonio and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Stanford University.

The discussion takes place amid the exhibit "Bodies and Babies," new works by painter Kari Sackmann-Roberts. If you have not yet seen this show, this would be a wonderful opportunity to view it. Wine and appetizers, of course!