Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has strong institutional commitment to abortion care and is a leading local and national leader in reproductive health care and education, with most abortion care providers practicing in Oregon trained at OHSU. In the face of growing health disparities, OHSU is working to provide access to abortion services for out-of-state patients; advising on international efforts to improve reproductive health; and offering abortion training for medical residents who live in states where abortion is banned or restricted.
Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez will be discussing the post-Roe landscape in Oregon, challenges people face in accessing care across our state, and what OHSU and others are doing to advance abortion care, education, and research. Last year’s rollback of Roe v. Wade protections has resulted in abortion services becoming unsafe and inaccessible to individuals in more than a dozen states, disproportionately affecting low-income people and already marginalized communities. Oregon has the most permissive abortion access of any state in the country, yet holds unique challenges for women in accessing equitable abortion care, especially for those living in rural areas in the state. We are also experiencing an exponential increase in the number of out-of-state people seeking abortion care services.