On Wednesday, May 30, at 7:00 PM the Columbia Chapter will host National Organization for Women Action Vice President Erin Matson.  Ms. Matson will address the issue of birth control as a perceived assault on religious freedom, and the misuse of “conscience” as part of an agenda to block women’s access to contraception.  She will also discuss ongoing efforts and difficulties toward expanding access to contraception at the federal and state level, as well as through corporate policy; and will share her experiences from the front lines of this battle, offering ideas on how each of us can help.  Ms. Matson is a graduate of Georgetown University.  She has been a communications manager and speechwriter for several public figures and organizations committed to “shattering the glass ceiling.” At the age of 23 she was elected president of Minnesota’s NOW -- the youngest state officer in the country.  Before the age of 30 Ms. Matson won election as one of the youngest national NOW officers. Other special guests include: Steven K. Green, Director of the Center for Religion, Law & Democracy; Law professor at Willamette University College of Law; and former Legal Director at Americans United's national office.  Michele Stranger Hunt, Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and Laura Terrill Patten, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. The event takes place at the Eliot Center at First Unitarian Church, Buchan Building, 1226 SW Salmon St., Portland, OR 97205  The event is FREE and Open to the Public!  For more information, including driving, parking and accessibility information, please visit the Columbia Chapter website: www.keepthemseparate.org or send an email to: keepthemseparate@aol.com