Reading of White House meeting with disabled reproductive rights activists

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Yesterday, the White House Gender Policy Council and the White House Office of Public Engagement called a meeting with disabled leaders. Participants discussed how disability status shapes access to reproductive health care, including abortion, and emphasized the importance of physical autonomy, self-determination and health equity, including culturally competent care. Participants discussed the disproportionate impact Americans with disabilities will face if deer v Wade overturned and numerous obstacles highlighted, such as B. Lack of accessible facilities and transportation.

During the conversation, participants also addressed that the right to parenthood is also an issue of disabled people’s rights and that disabled people have the right to access services that ensure they can become parents to their full potential.

Advocates stressed the importance of mobilizing the disability community in support of reproductive freedom. White House officials reiterated that participants are essential partners in efforts to protect reproductive rights and invited advocates to engage in continued dialogue.

The participants included:

  • Julia Bascom, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
  • Lydia Brown, Autistic Women and the Nonbinary Network
  • Giovanna Burno, activist
  • Tory Cross, be a hero
  • Elena Hung, Little Lobbyists
  • Monica Porter, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
  • Leslie Templeton, Disability Policy Consortium
  • Maria Town, American Association of Persons with Disabilities
  • Angelica Vega, activist
  • Robin Wilson-Beattie, activist

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