Defund Planned Parenthood! Abortion Policy and Politics

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Date(s) - 09/19/2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Campus Center, Room 305


As part of the Medical Humanities Seminar Series, Kristina Graff, Executive Director of Timmy Global Health, will discuss abortion policy and politics.

In an ideal world, public health policy is based on public health evidence. In reality, however, politics and public opinion play a critical role in shaping policy—particularly for sensitive topics and controversial issues. This seminar will explore the question of what guides and motivates U.S. public health policy. Abortion—a polarizing topic with powerful political undercurrents—will serve as a case study on the intersection of public health evidence, politics, and public health policy.

Learning objectives include reviewing U.S. abortion rates, trends, and laws; expanding the understanding of popular views on abortion and what shapes them; identifying the influences driving U.S. abortion policy; and assessing the effectiveness of these policies.