Title of Presentation: Religious Fundamentalism and the Abuse of Children (panel discussion); a symposium of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, US
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 9:00 am
Location: Mission Bay CDE
Biography: Liz Heywood contracted a life-threatening bone disease when she was thirteen years old. Her parents chose prayer instead of medical care, a right protected by Massachusetts law. Liz survived, but the infection destroyed her knee. Though she learned to limp on her deformed leg, Liz struggled with chronic depression, panic attacks, and suicidal thoughts until she left the Christian Science Church at age thirty-two. Her leg was surgically uncorrectable and eventually amputated. Today Liz speaks out for children who suffer from religious abuse. Her statement was read at the Secular Coalition of America’s 2010 meeting at the White House.