Senderowicz and Higgins publish in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Health Disparities Research Scholar Leigh Senderowicz, PhD, and UW Collaborative for Reproductive Equity Director Jenny Higgins, PhD, MPH co-authored a Viewpoints article in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health!

In the article “Reproductive Autonomy Is Nonnegotiable, Even in the Time of COVID-19,” authors outlined concerns about ways COVID-19 may affect reproductive autonomy into the future, including additional barriers to abortion access and contraceptive services. The article covers issues in the U.S. as well as important global health considerations.

“The sexual and reproductive health field must continue to push back against threats to reproductive autonomy and work to ensure that all people are able to create the families they want in safe and healthy environments. During this global pandemic, there is no justification for governments or health care organizations or institutions to impose restrictions on individuals’ reproductive rights. Communities that are marginalized and discriminated against, especially racial and ethnic minorities, have already borne the brunt of the pandemic in many ways. Let’s not continue to devalue these communities by pushing potentially coercive, biased LARC-first programs to control fertility or make abortion more difficult to obtain.”

Read the whole article here.