If"Handmaid's Tale" is looking more and more prescient to you...If you still can't wrap your mind around the prospect that Roe v. Wade could be overturned....If you worry that federal cuts in women's health care may penetrate even into the protective Massachusetts bubble....Then you might want to hear from three of the state's leading figures in health care this coming Tuesday evening, Sept. 25.
I'll be humbly moderating a panel called "What’s at Stake for Women’s Health Care" at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for The United States Senate. As of this writing, a few of the seats in the replica of the Senate chamber (yes, you get to pretend you're a U.S. senator) are still available. You can sign up for the 6:30 p.m. event here.
• Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
• Monica Valdes Lupi, Executive Director, Boston Public Health Commission
• Dr. Jennifer Childs-Roshak, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts
The formal description:
As the Senate considers a lifetime appointment for a new Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Institute will gather leaders and policymakers to discuss the state of reproductive rights and what’s at stake for women’s health care access in the Commonwealth and across the nation. Hosted in partnership with WBUR, the panel will address the significance of the Massachusetts legislature’s recent repeal of antiquated state abortion laws, the implications of proposed federal changes to Title X funding for health care providers, and how policy makers and advocacy organizations are preparing for the changing makeup of the Supreme Court.
And a preview of one of my questions: What can we expect Massachusetts to do if Roe or the Affordable Care Act is overturned?
Hoping you can make it, and will aim to write up highlights afterward.