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Dear White Women

Dec 9, 2020

We spoke with lawyer Melissa Torres-Montoya of If/When/How last week about the legal landscape for women’s reproductive rights with the appointment of Justice Barrett to the supreme court, the continued assault on Roe v. Wade, and all the other circumstances that add up to shape a woman’s ability to have a child (affordable healthcare, housing, and more).

But those are big issues that sometimes are passed off or pushed aside as issues that don’t affect us. That’s not true. To make sure that we continue to recognize that reproductive rights are an issue that affects every single person in our country (you’re here because of reproduction, and you’ll likely have choices in your life to make about reproduction, or your children, or someone you know will)  we bring you back the conversation with abortion provider Dr. Jenn, who puts real stories of real people into context.

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What to listen for: 

  • Who performs abortions in the U.S. (hint: it’s only a small portion of OBGYNs, and although more are trained, admin or policy issues may prohibit them from doing so)
  • How Dr. Jenn went from anti-choice to an abortion provider
  • When the vast majority of abortions happen (hint: it’s not late-term), and how doctors feel as they’re performing them
  • Real stories of women who have been through abortions, and who they are (80% of women who have abortions are mothers already, racial disparity plays a huge issue)
  • How harmful legislation doesn’t actually stop abortions from happening

About Dr. Jenn: Dr. Jenn Conti is an internationally recognized health expert, medical journalist, and Ob/Gyn physician. She received her M.D. from the University of California San Francisco, completed residency at Kaiser Permanente Oakland, and a fellowship in Family Planning at Stanford University. She also holds Master's degrees in both Journalism from the Columbia Journalism School and Epidemiology & Clinical Research from Stanford University.

She is the Co-Author of The Vagina Book: An Owner's Manual for Taking Care of Your Down There, and Co-Host of The V Word Podcast, which was featured on the iTunes New & Noteworthy podcasts list. She serves as a Medical Advisor for Modern Fertility.

Identifiers: proud wife, mother, and Latina. She/Her.

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