184488 Looking forward: Can we reverse the damage done by the political games the Bush Administration played with reproductive health?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Brigitte Amiri, JD , Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Corinne Schiff, JD , Reproductive Freedom Project, ACLU, New York, NY
For the last eight years, there have been many occasions where the Bush Administration has dangerously allowed politics and religion to trump science. In the reproductive health context, these situations are damaging to the public's health, and have created political barriers and borders to obtaining reproductive health information and care. One glaring example is the administration's push for millions of dollars to fund abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, despite a federally-funded study that concluded that such programs are ineffective. So now that the curtain is about to close on the Bush Administration, can we reverse its legacy? Though the answer depends in large part on who moves into the White House, there are ways in which we can begin to think about repairing the damage caused in the last eight years. Tools we can use include reversal of or additional Executive Orders, legislative change, and litigation.

Learning Objectives:
• Recognize and evaluate the ways in which reproductive health has been affected by governmental policies that are guided by politics rather than concerns for public health. • Compare the scientific response to a particular reproductive health issue with politicians’ responses. • Articulate ways in which to reverse this policy, and the damage this policy has caused, in the months and years to come.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Attorney specializing in reproductive rights.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.