by Melinda Sanchez
Arts & Entertainment Editor
The Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum will present Sarah Weddington, winning attorney from Roe vs. Wade, to speak in Founders Auditorium, followed by a debate by the University of La Verne debate team and an all school picnic, on Tuesday Oct. 24 starting at 10:30 a.m.
Weddington, a long time advocate of women’s rights, is known for her roles as attorney, legislator, presidential assistant, and professor. She was also the first woman elected from Austin, Texas, to be a member of the Texas House of Representatives. After completing three terms there, she moved to Washington D.C. as USDA General Council in 1977.
At the age of 26, Weddington won the case that changed history for women’s rights concerning abortion. On Tuesday she will discuss the trial, and other issues, concerning reproduction rights, that can effect the court’s ruling on Roe vs. Wade through the upcoming elections.
ASF President Mario Guerrero said that despite the fact that Weddington will only give one side of the views on abortion, that it was “not neccesarily because she is pro choice, but because she’s an authority on the issue, as well as a historical figure.”
Weddington now serves as a writer, lecturer and teacher.
The debate team will offer a pro/con debate to provide fairness on the topic allowing students to hear each side.
ASF will provide a commuters eat free all school picnic at 11:30 a.m.
Guerrero said that through the speaker, ASF would like “to let students know that the government affects people’s rights, and that people need to be aware of their rights and what the government does with them.”