As states continue to obstruct access to abortion, Hollywood spent 2019 taking a different approach—including abortion in plotlines that convey both the political and personal nature of the procedure and help demystify the issue for audiences.
Author: Steph Herold
Steph Herold, MPH, is a Research Analyst at Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a collaborative research group at the University of California, San Francisco's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, and conducts qualitative research on the portrayal of abortion on television and in film and partners with ANSIRH researchers to leverage their work for various audiences beyond academia. Steph has 12 years of experience in the reproductive health, rights and justice field and co-founded the Sea Change Program, the first non-profit to focus entirely on reducing abortion stigma. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of ReproAction and has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Abortion Access Fund, the Steering Committee of the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma and the Board of Directors of ACCESS: Women’s Health Justice. Steph earned a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.
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