Abortion In the US: Realities, Laws & Healing

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The Overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022 created even more challenges and criminalization for many pregnant people to find quality care to terminate a pregnancy and those who support them. What we think we know about abortion is not exactly correct; especially as new legislation and decades of organizing for body autonomy have demonstrated. This class offers an overview of what options exist for pregnant people and what to expect, support for pre and post care, social impact of policies, climate chaos impact on abortion, and debunking myths while reminding us communities of color have always had their own rituals and practices for pregnancy options and have been organizing for generations. This class is taught with equity, reproductive justice, and disability justice frameworks.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn about all the abortion options available in the US along with state laws, health outcomes, and current events.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify types of termination procedures available for each trimester
  • Examine state laws and requirements for accessing abortion support and care
  • List three aftercare needs for people experiencing termination
  • Implement gender-inclusive language when discussing reproductive organs and termination
  • Incorporate abortion into a sex positive framework
  • Understand the support provided to patients via clinic defense and abortion doulas

Essential Questions

  • What are termination options at various stages of pregnancy?
  • What is late term abortion and what are more appropriate terms?
  • What are the state and national laws regarding abortion?
  • How do we offer care to those who are experiencing an abortion?
  • How is abortion a part of sex positivity?
  • Where are crisis pregnancy centers and what do they do?

AASECT Human Sexuality Core Knowledge Areas

  • C: Socio-cultural factors in relation to sexual values and behaviors
  • D: Issues related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity
  • G: Sexual and reproductive anatomy/physiology
  • H: Health/medical factors that may influence sexuality

AASECT Sexuality Educator Training

  • A. Theory and methods of general education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • B. Theory and methods of sexuality education (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation).
  • C. Ethical issues in sexuality education.
  • D. Theory and methods of approaches to sexuality education with specific populations (e.g., youth, older adults, couples, ethnic/ cultural/ faith-based populations, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities).
  • E. Theory and methods of different approaches to sexuality education delivery (e.g., small group work, one-on-one education, large group lectures or interaction, online delivery or use of other electronic means)

AASECT Sexuality Therapist & Counselor Training

  • A. Theory and methods of sex-related psychotherapy, including several different models.
  • C. Theory and methods of approach to intervention in relationship systems experiencing sex and intimacy problems.
  • D. Theory and method of approach to medical intervention in the evaluation and treatment of psychosexual disorders
  • E. Principles of consultation, collaboration, and referral.
  • F. Ethical decision-making and best practice.

Content Note:

This webinar is presented from a pro-choice point of view and does not attempt to force opinions or beliefs on participants, instead it is created to educate and encourage critical thinking. There will be discussions of blood, body parts, and violence targeting abortion providers and pregnant people.

This program meets the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and is approved for 4 CE credits. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification.

Completion of this program does not ensure or guarantee AASECT certification. For further information please contact info@assect.org.

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