October 5 Monday

Abortion Care & COVID: Autonomy is Not Elective

  • Monday, October 5, 2020 at 7:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Online
  • Open To The Public
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During the COVID-19 pandemic, states suspended “non-essential” medical procedures, which some states have interpreted to include surgical abortions. Abortion care, however, is a time-sensitive service. A delay in abortion care may increase the risk to the patient or make abortion care inaccessible. How do we ensure that access to abortion care is not limited during times of crisis? How can we change the notion that abortion care is an elective service? The panel, consisting of abortion care providers, ethicists, and litigators, will share their experiences navigating the barriers to providing abortion care during the pandemic and consider how we can frame abortion care as a necessary, rather than elective, service.

  • Dr. Louise P. King is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School
  • Dr. Bhavik Kumar is the Medical Director of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. 
  • Rachel Reeves '18 is a staff attorney with the Reproductive Freedom Project at the American Civil Liberties Union
  • Dr. Nancy L. Stanwood is an Associate Professor and Section Chief of Family Planning at Yale School of Medicine. 

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy

Health Law and Policy Society

Information Society Project