Eva Lathrop: Safeguarding Abortion in the United States after Roe v. Wade

The world has been watching the United States since the overturn of its abortion legislation last year. In this episode, Dr. Eva Lathrop gives us insights into what it’s like for women and physicians living in a post-Roe v. Wade America.

Dr. Eva Lathrop is the Global Medical Director for Population Services International (PSI), a non-profit global health organization. PSI operates in over 50 countries worldwide, with programs in sexual and reproductive health, malaria, water and sanitation, HIV and non-communicable diseases.

Eva oversees a service delivery portfolio that spans over 30 countries and focuses on sexual and reproductive health, legal abortion and post-abortion care, and cervical cancer work. She also works to evolve PSI’s quality approach within primary health care.

Her experience prior to PSI spans 20 years of experience in clinical care, teaching, research and practice in global reproductive health. Her clinical and research interests include increasing access to contraception, legal abortion and post-abortion care in low-resource settings, restricted settings and in the context of complex emergencies. 

In this episode, Dr. Eva Lathrop gives us insights into the status of access to abortion services in the United States. She speaks about the pushback on reproductive freedom from the perspective of a physician in the US, since the overturn of Roe v Wade last year. 

Eva shares personal stories, her sources for hope and real advice for changemakers everywhere.

It’s abortion care today. What’s next?

The April 7 ruling by a federal judge in Texas forces the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to revoke its 20+ year approval of mifepristone, one of two drugs used in abortion care that is endorsed by 12 leading medical organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Medication abortion is on the chopping block today. Tomorrow, it may be contraception.

Where does it go from here? Where does it stop?

Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and the author of “Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood.”

Dr. Eva Lathrop is an OBGYN and the Global Medical Director at Population Services International, a global health NGO.

The Forgotten Women and Girls: Criminalisation of Abortion in Kenya

Protest in Kenya

Imagine being jailed for up to 14 years for trying to end your pregnancy because a morally driven political system deems this to be a crime. The Kenyan penal code that criminalises abortion and same sex relations does so under sensationally subjective sections that read “offenses against morality”. Whose morality? The epicenter of the implementation […]

Young Women’s Lack of Access to Information on Safe Abortion in Zambia

Copper Rose Zambia works to make a difference in the lives of women and girls by educating them about their sexual and reproductive health rights. This includes our Safe Reproductive Health Awareness Project, which has been running in the Petauke and Nyimba districts since January 2020. Young women especially are at risk of unsafe abortions. In […]

Making Unsafe Abortion History in the Philippines

On September 28, feminist activists around the world mobilize around International Safe Abortion Day. The day originated in Latin America and was known as “Campaña 28 de Septiembre por la Despenalización del Aborto”. In 2011, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) adapted the campaign into an annual global event with a specific theme […]

How MAMA Network is Making Safe Abortion Accessible in Sub-Saharan Africa

On this International Safe Abortion Day, we are reminded that the right to safe abortion should be at the core of achieving gender equality – enabling everybody to fully exercise their human rights and live their lives with dignity. The right to safe abortion is however not enough without social conditions allowing pregnancy-related decisions to […]

Agility in Abortion Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda

Agility in Abortion Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Uganda

Hello world, I’m Mirembe Mariam from Uganda. I work as Programs Manager at an organization called COHERINET, with five years’ experience working on abortion related projects. COHERINET is a non-profit organization that improves accessibility and availability of comprehensive sexual reproductive health at the grassroots level in Uganda. Since 2017, we have rendered comprehensive abortion care […]

Legal Yet Stigmatized: Abortion Care in Nepal

Nepal legalized abortion in 2002. With the recent adoption of “The Right to Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health Act” in 2018, the country has taken huge strides for the fulfilment of the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls. However, 19 years since the legalization, the conversations around safe abortion services and its […]

Current Threats to Safe and Legal Abortion in South Africa

Cover photo for Abortion in South Africa post. Illustration of two people holding hands.

South Africa’s Choice of Termination of Pregnancy Act (CTOPA) was enacted 25 years ago. It aims to repeal restrictive and inaccessible abortion laws and promote reproductive rights and freedom of choice for women in South Africa. The CTOPA entrenches the right of women and girls to access abortion services on request up until the 12th […]

Fighting Unsafe Abortion and Abortion Stigma in Sierra Leone

WHRRO staff

This blogpost speaks to the national burden of unsafe abortion in Sierra Leone. Those who are most vulnerable and least able to access safe services largely bear the cost.  Millions of poor women, young women, rural women and their families bear the lasting consequences of unsafe abortion. It is a cost that gets lost in […]

Abortion in Spain is Legal — but Inaccessible

A photo of the abortion pill.

In 1985, 10 years after the end of the fascist dictatorship, Spain decriminalised abortion. It became legal in cases when pregnancy posed a risk to the life or health of the woman or the foetus, or in case of rape. In 2010, the congress passed a bill to make abortion legal on request during the […]

How We’re Improving Safe Abortion Access in Kyrgyzstan

In Kyrgyzstan, the law says you can have an abortion on request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. After that, it’s still available but for ‘social reasons’ which need to be approved by medical professionals. Termination of pregnancy is allowed at any time where there is a medical necessity. On paper the law looks open. […]

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