On February 5, the Utah Law Students for Reproductive Justice (ULSRJ) co-hosted the Reproductive Health & Justice Panel with the Medical Students for Choice at the University of Utah School of Medicine.
Michelle Kennedy (3L, President of ULSRJ) moderated the panel, which also featured Professor Leslie Francis, a distinguished faculty member at the College of Law and expert in health law, bioethics, and disability law. Other panelists included Marina Lowe, an attorney with the ACLU of Utah; Dr. David Turok, an obstetrician and gynecologist with the University Hospital; and Dr. Robin Mainwaring, a gynecologist with a private practice at St. Mark’s Hospital.
Panelists discussed the Affordable Care Act’s impact on women’s health and treatment accessibility, the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate and its constitutionality, upcoming abortion-related legislation in Utah and abroad, the reproductive health needs of the community and potential improvements, and Utah’s sex education’s effects on reproductive clinical practice.
After two successful events, organizers say that the Utah Law Students for Reproductive Justice and the Medical Students for Choice plan to organize a similar event in 2014.