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Legal Help for Current and Prospective Abortion Providers 

 

The National Women’s Law Center has a project focused on providing assistance to abortion providers – or clinicians who want to become abortion providers – who face employment issues/barriers 

If you are an abortion provider, would like to be an abortion provider, or are a clinician or researcher that has faced or faces employment barriers because of your support for abortion, the National Women’s Law Center would like to hear from you.

We hope you will share your story with us. We may be able to provide information to support you and/or connect you with legal assistance. For more information, please see below.

Please contact Leila Jade Levi

Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

[email protected]

The National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity connects abortion providers who face employment issues with legal assistance.

Health care professionals should never fear losing their jobs simply because they treated patients seeking abortion, or because they support abortion access. Yet across the country clinicians are fired, threatened, and otherwise punished for providing abortion services, seeking abortion training, or engaging in advocacy around abortion.

If you are an abortion provider that has faced or faces employment issues or other barriers because of your support for abortion, the National Women’s Law Center may be able to help.

Has an employer denied you a promotion, demoted you, fired you, rescinded a job offer, or threatened to take these or other adverse employment actions against you because:

· You support abortion access?

· You provide abortion or support the provision of abortion at another health care facility?

· You volunteer for a support service related to abortion, like an abortion fund or counseling hotline?

· You have spoken or want to speak publicly in support of abortion access?

· You participated in research relating to abortion?

Health care providers are also often asked to sign contracts that restrict their ability to provide abortion elsewhere or support abortion. Do you have, or are you considering, a contract that prevents you from moonlighting in abortion-related services or otherwise constrains your ability to provide or speak out about abortion?

Even outside of an employment relationship, health care providers can face adverse action because of their support for abortion. Have you ever been denied privileges or been denied admission to a training or study program for any of the above reasons?

Contact the National Women’s Law Center

If any of these things have happened to you, please contact the National Women’s Law Center. We can talk to you about the federal and state laws that offer protection to health care providers who have faced such discrimination. We may be able to take action to help protect you. We would like to hear your story even if you are not in need of legal assistance.

Please contact Leila Jade Levi

Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center

[email protected]

Additional Resources

Read more about employment discrimination and barriers facing abortion providers in our report, “Diagnosing Discrimination: Barriers Facing Health Care Providers Who Support and Perform Abortion.”

We have toolkits and other legal resources that are available upon request. To request a toolkit or other resource, please email us at [email protected].

The Legal Network for Gender Equity and TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund are housed at and administered by the National Women’s Law Center Fund, LLC (NWLCF).

The Legal Network for Gender Equity connects individuals experiencing sex discrimination and employment discrimination faced by providers with attorneys willing to take on these types of cases. The lawyers who participate in the Network agree to provide a free initial consultation to individuals who contact them through the Network and in some instances can take on cases free or for a reduced fee.

NWLCF and the Legal Network for Gender Equity are not endorsing, approving, or recommending the lawyers in the Network. We cannot guarantee that you will have any particular result or outcome. We also want you to know that results an attorney has had before do not guarantee that you will have a similar result if you work with them

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