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Abortion Provider Employment Discrimination Legal Help 

 

The National Women’s Law Center’s Legal Network for Gender Equity connects the 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.  

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

If you are an abortion provider that has faced or faces employment issues 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Has an employer denied you a promotion, demoted you, fired you, rescinded a job offer, or threatened to take these or other adverse employment actions against you because: 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 would like to hear your story, and we may be able to connect you to legal help 

We can also 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.   

Please Contact: Leila Jade Levi, Senior Counsel, National Women’s Law Center 
providerintake@nwlc.org 
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