Early Abortion Bans: A new wave of anti-abortion strategy and tactics

19 January, 2020


On Thursday 16 January 2020 SRHM held a webinar to discuss a new wave of anti-abortion strategy and tactics that has been sweeping across the United States and has begun influencing anti-abortion strategy globally.

In this webinar, we welcomed Dabney Evans and Subasri Narasimhan to introduce their paper, “A narrative analysis of anti-abortion testimony and legislative debate related to Georgia’s fetal ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban” published in the SRHM journal. The paper analyzes anti-abortion tactics for promoting controversial ‘heartbeat’ bills.

We also welcomed:
-Megan Gordon-Kane from the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta who discussed the trends Dabney and Subasri observed during Georgia’s legislative session and how advocates responded,
-Nimra Chowdhry from the Center for Reproductive Rights who discussed state legislative trends and legal context for early abortion bans across the United States,
-Jina Dhillon from Ipas, who discussed the global public health impact and service delivery perspectives

The webinar was moderated by Nina Sun, Deputy Director, Global Health and Human Rights, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University and SRHM Associate Editor.

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Dabney P. Evans, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University
Mixed-methods researcher and professor of issues affecting vulnerable populations at the intersection of public health and human rights.

Subasri Narasimhan, PhD, MPH
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Emory University
Postdoctoral Researcher working in epidemiology, reproductive health, global health, policy analysis, and capacity building.

Authors of the paper, “A narrative analysis of anti-abortion testimony and legislative debate related to Georgia’s fetal ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban“.

Megan Gordon-Kane
Public Affairs Coordinator at Feminist Women’s Health Center (Atlanta)
The Feminist Women’s Health Center provides a range of healthcare services including abortion and gynecological care. Through community education, grassroots organizing, public affairs and advocacy programs the Center work to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice.

Nimra J. Chowdhry
State Legislative Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights
Nimra works on all aspects of state legislative and policy advocacy across the United States. Particularly, Nimra is responsible for tracking and analyzing a wide range of state legislation and regulations affecting reproductive rights to support the Center’s clients and state partners.

Jina Dhillon
Associate Director, Access Team, Ipas



Nina Sun
Deputy Director, Global Health and Human Rights – Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University
A specialist in health and human rights, Nina spent several years at UNAIDS, where she worked on the Human Rights and Law portfolio at the global level and in Asia  and the Pacific. She has also worked at the World Health Organization and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Nina is an Associate Editor of the SRHM journal.