A Model of Activism

led by Ellen Rutter

Dorothy C. Roudebush was involved with Planned Parenthood of St. Louis for six decades. In the early 1970s, prior to Roe v. Wade, she delivered reflections in the form of speeches to a number of congregations across the St. Louis area. UUCSW Program Committee member Ellen Rutter is a granddaughter of Roudebush, and grew up with her grandmother as one of her earliest models of activism. Ellen will share excerpts of some of her grandmother’s speeches made to civic groups, schools and organizations on birth control and the need for legalized abortion. She’ll also weave in her own reflections around how activism has changed over the past fifty years.