211510 Laws impacting access to reproductive health care

Monday, November 9, 2009: 10:30 AM

Sondra Goldschein, JD , Reproductive Freedom Project, American Civil Liberties Union, New York, NY
Each year, state legislatures debate measures that impact access to reproductive health services, including sex education, contraception, abortion, prenatal care, and birthing. The unrelenting attacks on these critical services create significant barriers to accessing care -- especially for poor women, teens, and women living in rural communities -- and run counter to the national agenda of expanding access to health care. Instead, legislators and public health advocates should prioritize policies that give people the tools and education they need to build and maintain healthy lives.

This presentation will provide a general overview of the laws restricting access to reproductive health services, the efforts to increase access to those services, and a 2009 state legislative update. It will suggest ways to convert challenges to reproductive health access into opportunities to advance an agenda in support of women's health, well-being, and equality.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the threats to reproductive health care in state legislatures; 2. Formulate an effective response to such threats; 3. Identify policies that ensure healthy pregnancies and families.

Keywords: Reproductive Health, Health Care Access

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be a presenter on reproductive health access because I have been an attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project for 7 years focusing on related state policies.
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.