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October 25, 2004
DH 04 PH057
Contact: Pamela Hammond
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Media Advisory

CSUDH to Host Feminist Perspective on Controversial Stem Cell Issue

Carson, CA – Guest speaker Dr. Carmela Epright will give a talk entitled “Stem Cell Research: A Feminist Perspective” on October 27 at 5:30 pm at the Loker Student Union at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Epright will speak about the controversy surrounding the use of and federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. She will address why embryonic stem cells are of interest to scientists, and why they’re so politically controversial—why, for example, they have played such a prominent role in the 2004 presidential campaign.

“While very little attention is given to the connection between embryonic stem cells and reproductive technologies, the two issues are intimately linked,” says Epright. “Not the least of which because the embryos in question come from those ‘left over’ from fertility

Organizers say that attending this talk is a good way to become a more informed voter. “We see her visit as a way to educate, inform and discuss this important election year issue,” says Robyn McGee, director of the Women’s Resource Center.

It’s important for both men and women to learn more about this hot-button topic. “I will argue that this controversy ought to be of particular interest to women,” Epright says, “but also to all persons concerned about reproductive freedom.”

M. Carmela Epright is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Furman University and a clinical ethicist and ethics educator for the Greenville Hospital System, Bon Securs St. Francis Hospital, and SpringBrook Behavioral Health Care. She serves as a consultant to several additional medical agencies including the South Carolina Medical Association, Hospice House of Greenville, and Vista Care Hospice. She has published articles in moral theory, moral psychology, and bioethics, and is currently working on a manuscript concerning the distribution of health care to rural populations.

For more information, please contact Robyn McGee at (310) 243-2486. To learn more about CSU Dominguez Hills, visit



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