Venable Professor of Law Michele Gilman is quoted at length in SELF magazine in an Aug. 5 article about LARCs, or long-acting reversible contraceptives.
The news peg for the article is the recent $2 million donation by two philanthropic organizations to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas to help ensure that disadvantaged women in the Dallas-Fort Worth area have better access to the long-acting contraceptives, which include IUDs and Nexplanon, a matchstick-like device containing a synthetic version of progesterone that is implanted in the arm.
The three-year endowment is expected to help roughly 1,000 women each year, SELF reported.
Gilman — the director of UB’s clinical education program, the director of the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Center and co-director of the Center on Applied Feminism – hailed the news of the donation to Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.
“Women’s reproductive health is essential not only for [women’s] own autonomy and dignity, but also for the wellbeing of society,” she said.
A similar program in Colorado, which offered teenagers and disadvantaged women free IUDs and implants, saw dramatic results between 2009 and 2013, SELF said: The teenage birthrate across the state dropped 40 percent and the rate of teens seeking abortions fell by 42 percent, while unintended pregnancies among women who had not finished high school also declined markedly.