Center for Reproductive Rights at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo

Join the latest conversations around global abortion rights, maternal health policy, and adolescent sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR) at five Center events during the American Public Health Association 2023 Annual Meeting & Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. The Center is the leading global legal advocacy organization using the power of law to advance reproductive rights as human rights around the world.

Conference Events

Abortion as a Human Right

Sunday, November 12, 2:30 p.m. EST, Human Rights Forum and Women’s Caucus Collaborative Session, Georgia World Congress Center – B319

Alejandra Cardenas, the Center’s Senior Director for Legal Strategies, Innovation and Research, will explore the public health and human rights consequences of the criminalization of abortion, explore the status of decriminalization of abortion worldwide, and make the case for the full decriminalization of abortion and the integration of abortion services into universal healthcare systems.

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The United States as a Global Outlier on Abortion Rights

Sunday, November 12, 5:00pm EST, Abortion Poster Session I, Georgia World Congress Center – Hall B2-B3

This poster presentation contextualizes current U.S. abortion laws by comparing them to trends in global abortion laws since 1994.

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Towards Reproductive Freedom: An 8-Country Analysis of Legal and Policy Barriers to Self-Managed Abortion

Tuesday, November 14, 10:45am EST, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning, and Education Session, Georgia World Congress Center – B208  

Katy Mayall, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Center, will present research investigating national-level abortion laws and policies in eight countries (Canada, Colombia, Great Britain, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and South Africa) and present a framework for assessing legal and policy barriers to self-managed abortion.

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Freedom and Autonomy during Pregnancy and Childbirth

Tuesday, November 14, 5:30pm EST, Reproductive Justice, Law, and Ethics: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting Session, Georgia World Congress Center – B305 

The Center’s Alejandra Cardenas will discuss how maternal autonomy and decision-making during pregnancy, labor, and delivery has been protected—or not—by international and national courts, and the implications of this for maternal health outcomes. 

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Unintended Consequences of Age of Consent Laws on Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Well-being

Wednesday, November 15, 8:45am, Assessing the Current State of and Expanding Access to Reproductive Healthcare Session, Georgia World Congress Center – A410 

Katy Mayall will highlight research conducted by the Center exploring age of consent to sex laws, age of consent to reproductive health services, mandatory reporting requirements, and the potential impact on sexual and reproductive health outcomes.

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About the Center for Reproductive Rights

The Center for Reproductive Rights is a global human rights organization that uses the power of law to advance reproductive rights as fundamental human rights around the world. The Center’s game-changing litigation, legal policy and advocacy work—combined with its unparalleled expertise in the use of constitutional, international and comparative human rights law—have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments and human rights bodies.

The Center’s current strategic plan envisions that by 2030, half the world’s population will be living under stronger legal protections for sexual and reproductive rights. Explore the Center’s Theory of Change, Strategic Plan and Partnership Principles.