AHLA’s CEO and the President of the Board of Directors Visit Planned Parenthood in New Orleans to Navigate Reproductive Health Law Needs
- May 17, 2023
Washington, D.C. – David S. Cade, Chief Executive Officer of AHLA, and AHLA President Thomas N. Shorter, recently met with Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships from Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast, and Katie Beth Gottlieb, JD, MPH, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer from Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast, to learn how the Dobbs v. Jackson decision has impacted clinics and learn how AHLA can provide better educational resources to the health law community as the nation continues to navigate reproductive health care needs.
“When we control our bodies, we control our lives,” said Sams-Abiodun. “This is not just a women’s issue. It involves all of us. I was very impressed that two ‘men in the movement’ were willing to dedicate their time to learn about reproductive health and work with us to improve access. Patients who need to access abortion should not face the shame and overwhelming hurdles that will come from these recent bans in Louisiana and many other states. And we will do everything within our power to ensure patients have access to abortion care.”
The June 2022 U.S. Supreme Court Dobbs v. Jackson decision has presented complex legal issues associated with the delivery of maternal and reproductive health care services across the country. The mission of AHLA is to provide a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its members to serve their clients more effectively; to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected health care legal issues.
“We understand the tremendous impact this decision is having on women’s access to the health care they need,” Cade continued. “AHLA’s goal has been and always will be to improve health care outcomes for all. AHLA has a wealth of resources to help health law professionals navigate the ever-changing challenges faced by hospitals, physicians, universities, and patients. We will continue to diligently provide updates on circulating laws surrounding reproductive health law to connect communities working to provide reproductive care.”
Consistent with our mission, AHLA has developed many educational resources surrounding reproductive health care to assist the health care industry. Some resources include the AHLA Reproductive Health Law Hub and the After Dobbs Podcast Series, where we provide podcasts, articles, publications, and webinars surrounding current developments in reproductive health law. Visit AHLA’s website for announcements on upcoming educational offerings and resources.
The American Health Law Association (AHLA) is the nation’s largest, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the healthcare field. AHLA provides a collegial forum for interaction and information exchange to enable its more than 13,000 members to serve their clients more effectively. AHLA aims to produce the highest quality non-partisan educational programs, products, and services concerning health law issues; and to serve as a public resource on selected healthcare legal issues. Learn more about AHLA here.
ABOUT PLANNED PARENTHOOD, GULF COAST
The mission of Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast is to provide patients with the best health care services at an affordable price in a caring atmosphere. As the nation’s most trusted provider for reproductive health, Planned Parenthood offers health services and medically accurate information to help patients make conscious decisions about their health and offers low-cost and confidential services. Planned Parenthood health centers are open to people of all gender identities and sexual orientations. Learn more about Planned Parenthood, Gulf Coast here.