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Harnessing the Power of Media to Reduce Abortion Stigma and Drive Systematic Change

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Harnessing the Power of Media to Reduce Abortion Stigma and Drive Systematic Change

Wednesday, July 13, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT


On June 24, the United States Supreme Court officially moved to overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal. The decision created chaos in its wake, immediately triggering into effect a slew of laws designed to severely limit or ban abortion outright that had been drafted across multiple states in anticipation of the decision. In this post-Roe America, millions of people — particularly those from vulnerable communities — will soon lose the ability to access a safe abortion.

NationSwell and our partners at PSI invite you to a discussion exploring the fight for abortion access on another front– looking at popular culture as a powerful tool in normalizing taboo subjects. Drawing from experiences like gay rights advancing alongside LGBTQ TV characters and openly queer celebrities and the destigmatization of HIV through TV and Radio internationally, we will look at the next frontier of moving popular opinion on abortion through narrative change.

NationSwell Council member Jess Jacobs, will moderate a panel focusing on how we can use entertainment and popular culture to shift the perception of abortion — stripping the issue of its partisan framing and refocusing it as an issue of individual rights and health care access.

Jess Jacobs is an award-winning actress, writer, producer, and philanthropist-activist whose work focuses on centering female and femme experiences to further equity and justice. Jess will be joined by Gretchen Sisson, a principal investigator for the Abortion Onscreen program, studying depictions of abortion in American popular culture, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, author, leader, & pioneer of conscious media, and Dr. Eva Lathrop, the Global Medical Director at PSI Global who develops robust programs to address sexual and reproductive health, legal abortion and post-abortion care.  Join these experts as they examine how we can go about creating a culture of acceptance and affecting, lasting long-term change in how abortion is viewed.

This event is open to all NationSwell members and the general public. 


Jess jacobs

Actress, Filmmaker and Maverick Collective Member


gretchen sisson



dr. eva lathrop

Global Medical Director
PSI Global


Samhita mukhopadhyay

Author and Former Executive Editor at Teen Vogue
Former Executive Editor of Feministing


More on this topic from NationSwell

This event is the second installment of a NationSwell series on abortion and reproductive rights. In part one, we explored what reproductive rights and allyship look like at the unexpected intersection of religion, policy, and community action. Rewatch the first event here.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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Open to Public
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Physical, Mental and Social Well Being
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Purpose-Driven Culture