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Join the Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health (CERH) at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) for a virtual panel on The Costs of Reproductive Health Restrictions: An Economic Case for Ending Harmful State Policies, on May 19, 2021, at noon EST.

States continue to pass increasingly extreme restrictions to abortion access at an accelerated rate. In the last week of April 2021 alone, 28 state abortion restrictions were enacted. This panel will launch IWPR’s new digital tool to monetize the economic costs of these restrictive abortion policies at the state level. The tool will provide state-level advocates new ways to evaluate reproductive health policies and engage allies on this critical issue.

This project was proudly supported by the Tara Health Foundation.

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  • Moderated by Janet Burns, Independent Journalist (Forbes, Gizmodo, PROTEST_NYC); author of The Endless Costs of Maligning Abortion
  • Dar’shun Kendrick, Georgia State Representative to House District 93
  • Jim Doyle, President, Business Forward
  • Diana Greene Foster, PhD, Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Director of Research, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF); author of The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, A Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion
  • C. Nicole Mason, PhD, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research


Following the launch panel, we will host a short series of conversations starting at 1:30 p.m. to discuss the critical moment we are in: an opportunity to shape the post-COVID “she-cession” recovery and demand action at the intersections of gender and racial equity and reproductive and economic justice.

These conversations will focus on how we might build stronger movements and communities of practice committed to women’s long-term economic security and well-being; produce relevant and timely research to fuel change at the local, state, and federal levels; and identify strategies to support women’s full reproductive autonomy and agency.


1:30-2:00 p.m.

Moderated Conversation between Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund; Christine Clark, Program Officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; and Nicole Mason, PhD, President and CEO, Institute for Women’s Policy Research.


2:00-3:00 p.m.

Panel – It’s Our Movement(s): Working at the Intersections of Reproductive and Economic Justice to improve women’s reproductive health, freedom and autonomy.


  • Moderated by Galina Espinoza, President and Editor in Chief, Rewire News Group
  • Herminia Palacio, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
  • Shannan Reaze, Executive Director, Atlanta Jobs with Justice
  • Ann Marie Benitez, Senior Director of Government Relations, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice
  • Marcela Howell, Founder and President, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Please tune in as we mark the launch of IWPR’s new digital tool and amplify the cross-sector efforts to ensure access to reproductive health services and protect women’s economic security and well-being.

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