From the Front Lines: Abortion Post-Roe

Thu November 10th 2022, 4:00 - 5:30pm
Event Sponsor
Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Location will be provided to registered attendees.

With the overturning of Roe, abortion providers across the country have moved their practices across state borders, advocated for their patients, spoken out on social media and in the news media, and crowdsourced millions of dollars. In this event, we will hear an on-the-ground perspective from abortion providers. How they are surviving the challenges of the moment, how they are planning for the future, and how they continue to provide patient-centric services in the face of ongoing legal battles and confusion over abortion access. What do they see in their future, particularly with the looming threat of fetal personhood? What kind of support is needed as they continue to navigate this uncertain time? 

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The Clayman Institute for Gender Research's flagship Jing Lyman Lecture series recognizes trailblazers who contribute significantly to gender equality over their lifetime. 

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We will also be showcasing a traveling exhibit by local author/photographer Roslyn Banish in the lobby at the event, titled “Focus on Abortion: Americans Share their Stories.”  

This event is limited to current Stanford community members (faculty, students, staff).

Advance registration is required to attend. Note past events have reached capacity, so do register early.

This is an in-person event on the Stanford campus and will not be live-streamed. Location will be provided to registered attendees.

No large bags/backpacks/large purses. Only small bags (up to 4.5" x 6.5") will be allowed. 

Questions? Email us at  gender-email [at] (gender-email[at]stanford[dot]edu)


Katherine Brown is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and a board-certified Complex Family Planning specialist. She is an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. She is the Assistant Director for Health and Wellness at the Black Women’s Health and Livelihood initiative and Medical Director of the Black Wellness Clinic at UCSF. Her work specifically focuses on the care of Black women and birthing people.

Merle Hoffman is an internationally known leader in the struggle for women’s rights, a founder of women’s health, political, and reproductive rights organizations, and a prize-winning writer and publisher. Her work spans more than 50 years and continues today, proving to be more essential than ever in the ongoing struggle for women’s human rights, concentrated in ensuring the ability to make their own reproductive choices and have access to legal safe abortion. Hoffman established Choices Women’s Medical Center, one of the country’s first abortion clinics, in 1971, two years before the Roe v. Wade decision. Today, Choices is one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive women’s medical facilities. 

Colleen McNicholas, DO, MSCI, Chief Medical Officer of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, joined as the first ever Chief Medical Officer in 2019 after a decade in academic medicine. As an OB/GYN and specialist in family planning and abortion care, she lives out her personal and professional commitment to abortion access in many ways. She has provided clinical care in four states across the Midwest and South. Dr. McNicholas believes that a physician’s advocacy voice is as important as their clinical and surgical skill. She has grown into an unapologetic and vocal advocate engaging in every available medium. She has been the plaintiff to numerous challenges of state and federal laws and regulations and has testified in the state capital and in front of Congress in defense of the patient-physician relationship and the importance of using science and evidence in the creation of health policy. 

Bria Peacock, MD, ObGyn resident physician, recently authored "A Black Abortion Provider’s Perspective on Post-Roe America" in the New England Journal of Medicine. A Georgia native, she has dedicated her life to individuals and communities affected by adolescent pregnancy and high rates of HIV and STIs. She has centered such communities in her work and used her station to be a voice for vulnerable populations wherever necessary—through policy, research, community service, and patient care. Peacock is founder of SIHLE Augusta (Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, Empowering).

Moderator: Moira Donegan is a writer covering the intersection of gender, politics, and the law. Her criticism, essays, and commentary have appeared in places such as the New York Times, the New Yorker, the New York Review of Books, the London Review of Books, and Bookforum. Donegan has been an editor at the New Republic and n+1, and currently she writes a column on gender in America for the Guardian. Her first book, Gone Too Far: #MeToo and the Future of Feminist Politics, is forthcoming from Scribner. She lives in New York.