Access to appropriate, respectful, and competent reproductive healthcare, including abortion care, is critical for LGBTQ+ people, many of whom have a learned distrust of healthcare providers who do not understand or invalidate our identities. During the COVID-19 pandemic, health inequities for underserved communities have become even more apparent. But there have also been rapid advances in telehealth policy in many states, which offers hope for the expansion of services and in turn may provide more comfortable and accessible healthcare for a wide range of populations. This workshop will highlight the intersections of reproductive healthcare access as an LGBTQ+ rights issue, and health equity principles that must guide our work. Attendees will learn from policy and compliance attorneys about how state restrictions on reproductive health exacerbate barriers to accessing care, how advances in telehealth show promise in reducing these barriers, and the persisting policy barriers for equitable access to care.
Speakers: Nimra Chowdhry (Center for Reproductive Rights); Marissa Kraynak (Insure the Uninsured Project); Sonya Laddon Rahders (Regulatory Assistance for Abortion Providers); Arneta Rogers (ACLU of Northern California)