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Full Spectrum Midwifery & the Law: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the future

For as long as people have been getting pregnant, midwives have been there to help them manage pregnancies. Whether people sought to hasten, prevent, manage, or end a pregnancy, midwives have been central to promoting communities’ reproductive health. Now, with options for clinic-based abortion vanishing, more people are looking outside of formal health care systems, and midwives are, as usual, a trusted source of information and support.
In this session, legal experts will provide an overview of the past, present, and future of self-managed abortion, facilitate a values clarification conversation, and discuss the various laws that have been used to criminalize people for ending a pregnancy or helping someone else to do so. Session participants will have the opportunity to explore their own values, learn about laws -- and possible changes in the laws if Roe v. Wade is overturned -- that might affect their practice or their clients, and learn more about how they can support people seeking information or care related to self-managed abortion.


Members receive a discount on conference admission and many other benefits.