Reporting the facts on abortion
June 22, noon ET
Women in many U.S. states are facing increased legal obstacles to abortion, a trend that has been accelerating in recent years with laws now requiring waiting periods and "counseling," among other stipulations. A pending Supreme Court decision is expected to further limit access by banning the procedure outright in many states.
To help better inform your reporting, using science and evidence-based information, AHCJ will hold a webinar with Nisha Verma, M.D., a fellow with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Patient safety core topic leader Kerry Dooley Young will host the webinar. This session will help journalists know what to ask when presented with research on abortion, particularly medical abortions. The webinar will also explore how political agendas have skewed research. Verma will also address the potential of telehealth in states where abortion is not restricted.
Nisha Verma, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G., was born in Greensboro, N.C., and received her bachelor’s in Biology and Anthropology and her medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She graduated from Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and completed her Complex Family Planning fellowship and Master’s in Public Health degree at Emory University.
She is currently serving as the Darney-Landy Fellow at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists with their Strategies for Healthy Equity team and provides abortion care at Planned Parenthoods in the Delaware area. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University.
She is particularly passionate about improving access to reproductive health care in the southeast United States, her home region, and has expertise in effective messaging techniques on complicated topics such as abortion.