METRO MONTHLY–Abortion in America—Intersection­ of Science, Religion + Politics


Presentation followed by a community party with potluck and drinks. Child care provided during the presentation.

This Month: “Abortion in America: The Intersection of Science, Religion, and Politics” by Dr. Jon Peters, MD, MS, FAAFP

Dr. Peters will be discussing how abortion came to be criminalized, and then politicized. Key figures who have used the abortion debate for political gain will be discussed. Complications regarding fertilization and conception will be explored.

Dr. Peters completed a BS in Zoology from Arizona State University, an MS in Biology from Northern Arizona University, an MD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and was awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Physicians in 2007. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards including a Master Teacher Award from The Oregon Health & Science University where he is an Affiliate Associate Professor and the Resident Teacher Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. He is active promoting secular humanism and reason by serving on the Advisory Board of CFI Portland, and gives lectures on evolution throughout the Northwest.


This is our regular monthly meeting at a central location to bring together our members from all over the Portland metro area, and anyone who wants to join us.  We’ll have a speaker presentation, discussion or entertainment, followed by a shared potluck dinner.

The Oslo Lounge has a bar, so you can have beer, wine and cocktails with dinner.  This is also an opportunity to connect with others in the community, get updated on our activism and what’s going on in the community, talk to Advisory Board members and give input.

Child care will be provided in one of the Norse Hall’s rooms.

Please bring a dish suitable for a proper meal to share.  We'll likely have more food than necessary, so plan on joining us even if you are unable to bring food.  If possible, label your utensils and serving dishes so the owner can be identified if things are left behind.  If you don’t cook, consider a bagged salad with dressing, or a roast chicken from a grocery store.


7:00 pm:  Welcome and announcements 
7:10 pm:  Presentation and Q&A 
8:00 pm:  Children join the adults for a potluck dinner, discussion and socializing


There is a parking lot on the west side, right next to the Norse Hall, where we have limited parking.  Street parking is also available.

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  • Jesse M.

    We had a great turn-out, Jon gave a great talk, and the food was delicious! I hope everyone tipped the bartender well. I like the Norse Hall.

    2 · March 17, 2014

  • Karetha D.

    I always learn something from Jon and this week was no exception. The info on cellular division, twins, and re-absorption post fertilization was especially fascinating. And, as always, socializing was great afterward!

    4 · March 16, 2014

  • Marsha

    Now is the time for those of us who believe in individual freedom to speak for women. Women should have bodily autonomy; creeping impositions on women's choice are alarming.

    3 · March 16, 2014

  • Nancy and Mike L.

    Another interesting talk giving a perspective on the religious pervasiveness and influence in the American political arena. The question is how can we restore a truly rational approach to this difficult topic.

    2 · March 15, 2014

  • Fred S.

    Thanks, Jon, as always, a very informative evening. A show I would recommend that's related is called: "Makers: Women Who Make America". It is an ongoing series, 8pm on Tuesdays, OPB Plus. Also...does everyone know that abortion was just outlawed in Spain!!!

    1 · March 15, 2014

  • Camille R.

    Hoping to avoid the drive tonight! Anyone up for coming by and grabbing my son and I if you're coming in for Beaverton?

    March 14, 2014

    • Marsha

      I'm leaving Beaverton at 4 pm to pick Mitch up at work then grab a bite before the talk. If that's not too early and you want to hang out with us for that long before the talk, let me know.

      March 14, 2014

    • Camille R.

      Thanks so much Marsha! It's a little early for us though! I truly appreciate your offer!

      March 14, 2014

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