Interference in the Patient-Provider Relationship and Access to Abortion
State legislatures that are hostile to abortion rights are increasingly using regulation of medical practice as a way to limit access to abortion, a trend that should be of concern to all physicians. We will talk about the escalation of this tactic and some of the bills that we have seen in the past couple of years that directly mandate how care is provided. For background, please take a look at the Bad Medicine report available at www.badmedicine.org.
Andrea D. Friedman, JD: Andrea is the Senior Policy Advisor for Reproductive Health at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she leads the organization's state and proactive work to advance access to comprehensive reproductive health care. She was formerly the Director of Reproductive Health at the National Partnership, a role in which she developed and led the reproductive health and rights advocacy program including developing the Bad Medicine campaign. She previously served as foreign policy and military advisor to Senator Frank R. Lautenberg covering foreign aid and development; was Vice President and Co-Founder of the Global Justice Center in New York conducting trainings on international law and women’s rights around the globe; and Program Director at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, focusing on research on policy impacts on women and women in leadership. She is a regular speaker and the author of numerous publications. She has a BA summa cum laude in political science from Tufts University and a JD from Harvard Law School.