Public Engagement

Beyond my academic writing I also produce pieces for news outlets and respond to consultations relating to my areas of expertise.

Most recently I have responded to the Department of Health and Social Care’s consultations on the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

Women’s Health Strategy

In 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care launched a consultation to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

In my written response I emphasised the strategy must place the needs of women at the centre. In relation to reproductive rights this means:

  • Women-centred maternity care at all stages of pregnancy, labour, and delivery.
  • Decriminalisation of abortion so that it can be regulated as medical care, not a criminal justice issue.
  • Continued access to home use of both pills for early medical abortions.
  • Continued access to abortion care in clinic settings, with no reduction in funding for service providers.

Read my response to the consultation here.

The Department of Health and Social Care is also asking members of the public for their views on the Women’s Health Strategy. To have your voice heard respond to the survey (this consultation closes at 11:45pm on 13 June 2021).