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.