12:00 PM12:00

Center for American Progress Presents: A Conversation with Aspen Baker

The issue of abortion too often triggers polarizing debate that sheds no light on the real-life experiences of women. Politicians pass laws restricting access to abortion—more than 230 state laws in the last four years—while ignoring women’s experiences and views. More and more women are speaking openly about abortion, but their voices tend to be drowned out by the heated rhetoric of warring factions.

After her own abortion at age 24, Aspen Baker wanted a safe and nonjudgmental space where she could talk about her experience. After being unable to find such a space, she founded Exhale in 2000, an organization that aims to change the culture around abortion from stigma and shame towards support and respect. Fifteen years after its founding, Exhale is at the forefront of ground-breaking projects that promote “dialogue, not dogma” around abortion. Baker has just written a book that captures Exhale’s work and women’s real-life experiences. Pro-Voice: How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight urges us all to listen, tell our own stories, and embrace the gray areas on the complex issue of abortion.  And Baker recently delivered the first Ted Talk on abortion and the power of pro-voice listening and storytelling.

With an upcoming presidential election and a potential Supreme Court abortion case on the horizon, what does a pro-voice approach to abortion contribute to the national debate? How can we shift away from harsh, polarizing language and allow a diversity of values and voices?

Please join the Center for American Progress for this enlightening and lively conversation.

Copies of Pro-Voice: How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight will be available for purchase at the event.


Carolyn Davis, Policy Analyst, Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, Center for American Progress


Aspen Baker, Founder and Executive Director, Exhale 


Heidi Williamson, Senior Policy Analyst, Women’s Health and Rights Program, Center for American Progress

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8:30 AM08:30

NYC Launch of "Pro-Voice"

Join Aspen and Exhale, along with Hollaback!, Living Room Conversations, Scenarios, Third Wave Fund, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, and the Women Donors Network for a pro-voice conversation and book launch.

Wednesday, July 29, 8:30am
East River Room at the Ford Foundation
320 East 43rd Street
New York, N.Y. 10017

A light breakfast will be served, and books will be given to the first 100 attendees.

Space is limited—please RSVP via Eventbrite by July 27.

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7:30 PM19:30

Conversation at the Edge - Mesa Refuge in Point Reyes, CA

An Evening of Conversation, Coffee and Dessert, in celebration of Aspen’s highly acclaimed new book Pro-Voice:  How to Keep Listening When the World Wants a Fight

Conversation with Former Fellow Residents  Aspen Baker, Executive Director of Exhale and Julie Caine, Managing Producer KALW News

Thursday, July 23 7:30-9:00pm

Mesa Refuge, 11 Los Reyes Drive, Point Reyes Station, California

Books Available for Purchase and Signing

Seating Limited.  Please RSVP to June at kjmccrory@mesarefuge.org  by July 10


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11:15 AM11:15

YTH Live: Closing Plenary

"The internet is no longer a choice. If we want to reach young people, and talk to them about sexuality and sexual health, we’ve got to go online. Unfortunately, nothing will make you a bigger target. The panelists will explore how they navigate harassment online — and what you can do to build an internet (and perhaps a world) that is safer for everyone."


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