Bold for Abortion Justice: Ensuring Access Beyond Roe
The Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) and Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine (RHEDI), two long-time partners in reproductive health education and service delivery, invite you to a virtual fundraising event at 8pm EST on Thursday, January 20th to reflect on the 49th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. As we face unprecedented challenges to abortion access both at the Supreme Court and in the states, we will celebrate the legacy of this landmark ruling while also recognizing that we need to think beyond Roe to ensure access to abortion care for everyone, everywhere. It’s time to expand our fight beyond Roe v. Wade and be #BoldforAbortionJustice.
This panel features clinicians Bhavik Kumar, Jamie Phifer, April Lockley, and Maya Bass, who will talk about the work they are doing to ensure that their patients receive the abortion care they need and deserve.
Mallory Klocke (she/her, they/them) is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and abortion provider. They first became involved with abortion care at an independent abortion clinic in the Chicago area and are currently providing sexual and reproductive healthcare at Planned Parenthood of Illinois. She also serves as one of the leaders for the Illinois Cluster of the Reproductive Health Access Network.
Bhavik Kumar, MD, MPH, (he/him) is a family medicine physician serving as Medical Director for Primary & Trans Care with Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. He has been an abortion provider in Texas since 2015. He previously worked with Whole Woman’s Health, traveling across Texas for years to maintain access to safe, legal abortion. He completed medical school at Texas Tech University HSC, residency training at Montefiore Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Family Planning at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bhavik is an outspoken advocate for abortion and trans care access in the media and in the courts.
Dr. Jamie Phifer is the Founder and Medical Director at Abortion on Demand (AOD), a large-scale telemedicine abortion provider serving 20+ US states. By utilizing telemedicine and automation technology, AOD is built to provide early abortion pills to the majority of womxn in the US while preserving access for pregnant people wanting to needing in-person care. Prior to starting AOD with her own savings, Dr. Phifer trained and worked with independent abortion clinics in high needs areas in the South, Heartland and Midwest – experiences that inspired AOD’s model to donate majority of profits back to in person clinics through KeepOurClinics.org.
April Lockley, DO is a family medicine physician currently living in Harlem, NY. She chose family medicine as a specialty because as Audre Lorde said “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” and family medicine allows one to look at the intersections of people’s lives and how they affect their health. She currently works for Public Health Solutions’ Sexual and Reproductive Health Centers in Brooklyn as their medical director, providing primary care and reproductive health care services, and as an abortion provider throughout the New York region. In addition, she is the medical director of the Miscarriage and Abortion hotline, which is a hotline that supports people experiencing miscarriage and abortion at home. She completed both medical school and residency in Philadelphia and then did a fellowship in Reproductive Health Care and Advocacy through the Family Health Center of Harlem and the Reproductive Health Access Project. April also completed the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health. She is a vocal advocate for health equity within family medicine care, reproductive justice and abortion access.
Maya Bass (she/her) currently works as an Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director in the department of Family Medicine at Cooper University, an abortion provider for the Trust Women Foundation in Oklahoma City, OK and Regional Clinical Leader for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region for the Reproductive Health Access Project. She earned a master’s degree in Stem Cell and Developmental Biology from Wesleyan University, Connecticut. She earned her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College) at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. She completed her family and community medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. She completed her fellowship in the Leadership Training Academy through Physicians for Reproductive Health learning to be a physician advocate for Reproductive Rights and Justice. She is dedicated to providing compassionate care to stigmatized populations, incorporating social justice into medical education and improving the overall wellness of her patients, learners and communities.
Registration is now closed. Please email Laura Riker – firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions; this is a free event with a suggested $25 donation. Donations will be split evenly between RHAP and RHEDI.