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Health Policy Forum | Reproductive Health: Now What?

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Health care providers, health policymakers, and millions of American women are grappling with the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's overturning of Roe vs. Wade. Multiple states have moved to restrict access to abortion, and at least some policymakers have indicated willingness to revisit other reproductive rights precedents, such as those allowing access to contraception.   

This Stanford Health Policy Forum brings two nationally-recognized Stanford-based experts together in conversation to explore the implications of the new landscape as well as to predict what the future might hold.  


Michelle Mello

Michelle Mello, Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine, conducts empirical research into issues at the intersection of law, ethics, and health policy.  She is the author of more than 230 articles on medical liability, public health law, the public health response to COVID-19, pharmaceuticals and vaccines, biomedical research ethics and governance, health information privacy, and other topics. The recipient of a number of awards for her research, she was elected to the National Academy of Medicine at the age of 40.  Mello holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Leslee Subak

Dr. Leslee Subak is the Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Stanford and Founding Director of the Stanford LGBTQ+ Health Program. She is a Co-Chair for the Stanford Medicine Committee on Reproductive Health Access & Equity that is working in partnership with key stakeholders across Stanford to strategically respond to current legal decisions impacting reproductive health care.  The Committee is coordinating support for the provision of equitable, comprehensive, evidence-based, reproductive care that protects the safety of patients, faculty, trainees, and staff across Stanford Medicine, with a special focus on supporting the most vulnerable groups.


Paul Costello

Adjunct Lecturer, Primary Care and Population Health, Global Health Faculty Fellow, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health

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