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“Abortion Care as a Social Good" with Dr. Valerie Tarico

When: Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

“Abortion Care as a Social Good-
Four Steps to Permanently Change the Conversation”
with Dr. Valerie Tarico


The choice to bring forward a new life—or not—is tied to the biggest questions we face: questions about meaning and purpose, values, faith, love, goals and dreams, and letting go of one potential life to claim another. Women terminate pregnancies in spite of the enormous cultural weight of shame and stigma surrounding abortion, because they are reaching for a better future—whether for themselves, their children and families, their communities or even the broader web of life. And those who provide abortion care, again despite stigma and threats, often do so because of their own deepest values—including compassion, respect and service. 

These are profoundly moral values, but for far too long, the Religious Right has claimed the moral and spiritual high ground when it comes to public discourse about abortion. The result is that some young couples are being denied the ability to live the lives of their choosing, form the families of their choosing, and bring children into the world when they feel ready. 

Will our daughters, sons and young neighbors have the same reproductive rights we have? Only if advocates of chosen childbearing tap the deep moral roots and emotions that surround parenthood decisions. 

Dr. Valerie Tarico is a psychologist with a passion for personal 
and social evolution. In 2005, she co-founded the Progress 
Alliance of Washington, a collective of future-oriented donors investing in progressive change. She also is the founder of, an interactive website that showcases humanity’s shared moral core via quotes, poetry, stories and 
essays from many traditions. Tarico’s book, Trusting Doubt: A Former Evangelical Looks at Old Beliefs in a New Light, offers personal insight into how we can apply “constructive curiosity” 
to our most closely guarded beliefs.

Music by mat callahan

Lunch will be served after the program.

All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.
Wheelchair accessible. CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops.On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street. Discount Vouchers available for parking in the garage.

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