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Red State Policies: How Abortion Care Restrictions Impact Maternal Health & Mortality

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Date:
Thursday, June 09, 2022
Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Event Type:
Panel Discussion
Organizer/Author:
Desert Star Institute for Family Planning
Location Details:
Online event

Red State Policies: How Abortion Care Restrictions Impact Maternal Health & Mortality

When: Thu, June 9, 2022 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM PDT

Where: Online event

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connecting-the-dots-abortion-care-maternal-health-and-thriving-families-tickets-343834346787


Abortion is an important part of maternal health and how people care for and sustain their families. States with more abortion restrictions have a higher maternal mortality rate. For example, Arizona makes a huge effort to restrict abortion, but does not put the same effort towards sustaining families.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring how red state policies impact maternal health, with panelists specifically examining Arizona in this webinar.

Desert Star Institute for Family Planning (https://desertstarfp.org/) is a Black, woman-led organization, working from the foundational principles of Reproductive Justice, with intentional partnerships and programming that build community and center Black,
Indigenous people, and people of color.


PANELISTS:

DeShawn Taylor, MD - Founder and President/CEO Desert Star Institute for Family Planning

Dr. DeShawn Taylor (she/her) is a Board-Certified Gynecologist, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Family Planning Specialist, and Reproductive Justice Advocate deeply committed to preserving and advancing access to family planning for people who experience pregnancy regardless of circumstance or zip code.


Michelle Ivette Ponce - Co-Director of Arizona Birthworkers of Color (AZBOC)

Michelle Ivette Ponce is a reproductive justice advocate, community organizer, and arts management consultant in Arizona. Michelle serves as the Co-Director of Arizona Birthworkers of Color (AZBOC), an organization of Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) who support and provide services to birthing families in Arizona, since 2016. AZBOC has served in various reproductive rights coalitions in the state of Arizona beginning in 2020. Michelle works collaboratively with other grassroots groups and non-profit organizations to increase civic engagement, education, and resources to BIPOC communities.


Zaida Dedolph - Director of Health Policy at Children's Action Alliance (she/her)

Through her work in public health policy and advocacy, Zaida strives to promote community-driven solutions that promote health justice and access to care. Zaida holds a BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH from the University of Arizona. Outside of (and sometimes during) work, she tries her best to wrangle a three year-old, several cats, and a Sulcata tortoise.


Moderator: Athena Salman - LD26 State Representative

Representative Salman is a mother who welcomed her first child this year. Rep. Salman was born and raised in Arizona to a first generation-American family from Mexico, Germany and Palestine. Rep. Salman’s advocacy started over a decade ago when radical right lawmakers enacted steep budget cuts to public education. Prior to being elected, she worked on higher education accessibility, healthcare affordability, gender and LGBTQ equity, and protecting our freedom to vote.
Added to the calendar on Sat, May 21, 2022 12:35PM
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