Conference 'Abortion Stigma'
In Relation to the 25th Anniversary of the Belgian Abortion Law
April 3rd, 2015 – Brussels

Crowne Plaza Hotel, La Palace, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels.

Program

Session 1

Moderated by Sara Van Boxstael (journalist, VRT) and dr. Anne Verougstraete
(Sjerp-Dilemma, VUB, Erasmus Hospital Brussels)

9u00 - 9u30 Registration

9u30 - 9u40 Opening of the conference

9u40 - 10u10 Introduction to the conference
Vicky Claeys (Regional Director IPPF Europe)

10u15 - 10u45 Introduction to the general term stigma
prof. Piet Bracke, PhD (Dept. of Sociology, UGent, Ghent)

10u45 - 11u15 Coffee break

11u20 - 11u50 Introduction to abortion stigma (for clients, doctors and counselors)
dr. Anu Kumar, PhD, MPH (Executive Vice President IPAS)

11u50 - 12u00 Question round

12u00 - 13u00 Lunch

 

Session 2

Moderated by Sara Van Boxstael (journalist, VRT) and dr. Anne Verougstraete
(Sjerp-Dilemma, VUB, Erasmus Hospital Brussels)

13u00 - 13u10 Abortion stigma in an international perspective: introduction

  • 13u10 - 13u25 dr. Anu Kumar (Executive Vice President IPAS, Asia)
  • 13u30 - 13u45 Krystyna Kacpura
    (Executive Director Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning,
    ASTRA Network; Northern- and Eastern-Europe)
  • 13u50 - 14u05 Jon O'Brien (President Catholics for Choice; Ireland, North- and South-America)
  • 14u10 - 14u25 Ann Furedi (Chief Executive BPAS; Europe, UK)

14u25 - 14u55 Coffee break

14u55 - 15u55 Abortion stigma in an international perspective: a panel discussion.
Moderated by Sara Van Boxstael (journalist, VRT)

15u55 - 16u15 End: What is still to be done to counter abortion stigma in Belgium?

16u15 - 16u30 Presentation of the 'Resolution of April 3rd, 2015' to Maggie De Block,
Belgian federal Minister of Health by representatives of LUNA, GACEHPA and FPS.

16u30 - 17u30 Closing reception

 

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