When Pregnancy Is Used To Deny Patients Their Civil and Human Rights

Experts Address the Rights of Pregnant Patients to Informed Consent, Bodily Integrity, and Medical Decision Making

What happens when a pregnant patient exercises their right to medical decision making? Is there any justification to override a pregnant patient’s consent? Join Pregnancy Justice for a discussion featuring leaders in bioethics, medicine, law and birth justice about pregnant patients' rights to informed consent, bodily integrity, and medical decision making and the trauma that forced medical interventions can inflict on pregnant people.

2 NY CLE Credits (Areas of Professional Practice)



  • Dr. Jamila Perritt, MD, MPH, FACOG (CEO of Physicians for Reproductive Health)
  • Indra Wood Lusero, JD (Founder, Elephant Circle and Birth Rights Bar Association)
  • Sevonna Maria Brown (Co-Executive Director at Black Women's Blueprint, birthworker and reproductive justice advocate)
  • Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM, HEC-C (Director of the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics and Director of the Program in Biomedical Ethics in the University of Virginia School of Medicine)
  • Lynn M. Paltrow, JD (Executive Director, Pregnancy Justice)

Guests Appearance:

  • Cindy Pearson (Executive Director of the National Women’s Health Network)
  • Cynthia Soohoo, JD (Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at the City of New York School of Law)
  • Farah Diaz-Tello, JD (Senior Counsel at If/When/How)


  • NYU School of Law
  • Black Women's Blueprint
  • Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • CUNY School of Law | Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic
  • Birth Rights Bar Association
  • If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice
  • Ancient Song Doula Services
  • National Women's Health Network
  • National Perinatal Association
  • Elephant Circle