Keeping in line with principles of reproductive justice, the papers in this symposium each examine a unique component of reproductive wellbeing and span the range of reproductive health needs, including contraception, abortion, prenatal/postpartum health, and parenting support. The first paper, Rethinking the Pharmacy: Stakeholder Perceptions of Pharmacist-Prescribed Hormonal Contraception in Rural California, focuses on using pharmacies to fill gaps in health access in rural areas. The second paper, "My First Instinct is to Just Listen": Promoting Reproductive Justice with Under-housed Youth, explores frontline service workers' roles in providing reproductive health information and services with under-housed youth in an urban area. The third paper, Women's Experiences of Pre-abortion Counseling: A Mixed-Methods Systematic Review, provides a systematic literature review of pre-abortion counseling practices and experiences. The fourth paper, "Fear Gets in the Way": Multiple Stigmas and Discrimination in Health Settings as a Driver of Overdose among Postpartum Women, qualitatively explores how environmental and health system factors intersect to produce harms. The final paper, Documenting Disparity: Coverage of Maternal Mortality in Select U.S. Newspapers, offers a broader look at the discourse around maternal mortality in the United States and framing of maternal health inequities in news coverage.
The first four papers look at providers, including pharmacists, physicians, and social workers, and their innovative approaches to meeting individuals' reproductive health needs in accessible and person-centered ways. The final paper takes a broader view of how we talk about health, identifies common misconceptions, and offers the opportunity to bring health equity framing to discourse around health. Collectively, the papers offer an holistic view of reproductive justice in the context of the health system. All symposium speakers have built research agendas focused around reproductive health and justice allowing for the symposium to culminate in an engaged panel discussion and further connection between panelists' findings and implications. In addition to improving our knowledge of gaps in the health system, this symposium will discuss the health system's role in addressing versus perpetuating inequities and how innovations in health services may play a role in promoting reproductive justice.