Skip to main content

Terry McGovern: The State of Reproductive Rights in The United States After Dobbs

By December 3, 2023No Comments

Terry McGovern joined us to examine the public health ramifications of the Dobbs decision with examples of strategies that have worked, background on some of the banning states’ records on maternal child health, and helpful examples from other countries on how to overcome abortion bans.

About Terry McGovern

Terry McGovern is Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at The City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH). She also holds an appointment as Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.

Prior to joining CUNY SPH, she was the Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Professor and Chair of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health and the Director of the Program on Global Health Justice and Governance at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Her research focuses on health and human rights, sexual and reproductive rights and health, gender justice, and environmental justice, with publications appearing in journals including Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, Health and Human Rights, and the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Terry founded the HIV Law Project in 1989 where she served as its Executive Director until 1999. She successfully litigated numerous cases against the federal, state and local governments including S.P. v. Sullivan, which forced the Social Security Administration to expand HIV-related disability criteria for women and other excluded individuals. From 2006 until 2012, she was Senior Program Officer in the Gender, Rights and Equality Unit of the Ford Foundation. Terry co-edited Women and Girls Rising: Rights, Progress and Resistance: A Global Anthology.

She has served on the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing, the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health, and the UNAIDS Human Rights Reference Group. She currently serves on the UNFPA Global Advisory Council, the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Board of the NYCLU.

Presider: Leader Nori Rost

Monthly Collection: Amnesty International

Skip to content