Today’s episode is a serious topic but I wouldn’t feel right if we didn’t discuss the threat to bodily autonomy in this country post the overturning of Roe V. Wade by the US Supreme Court. This conversation was recorded before the actual decision came through and we collectively got the heads up when the documents were leaked back in May.
Before we introduce the conversation with Cynthia Plotch Co-Founder of Stix, here is some food for thought regarding the implications of this ruling.
In a state that has outlawed abortion, HIPAA wouldn’t necessarily keep records of the procedure from being used as evidence.
If Roe v. Wade is overturned, trigger laws can go into effect immediately that recognize an embryo as a person—”[and] if a fertilized egg is considered a person, anti-abortion laws could make it illegal to discard embryos,” says Dr. Sekhon. During the process of IVF, only about 60% of fertilized eggs successfully develop into an embryo, according to Dr. Sekhon. She also states that “it’s possible that some states that have bans on abortion may also restrict how many eggs can be fertilized at once so that embryos are not discarded”.
4. Lastly-I want to emphasize that the most marginalized will be the most impacted.
Women with the resources to travel to other states to terminate pregnancies will do so leaving those without the means to suffer some unimaginable consequences.
Cynthia Plotch, named to Inc.’s Top 100 Female Founders and Forbes 1000 Entrepreneurs in 2021, is Stix’s co-founder. Along with Jamie Norwood, they co-founded Stix, a health brand that empowers women to make confident health decisions, starting with reproductive and vaginal health products and sex education.
Ahead of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, STIX launched a donation Bank for their emergency contraceptive called Restart. The mission of the Restart Donation Bank is :
to make emergency contraception more accessible, convenient, and free of judgment.
To address inequities in reproductive care, they’ve provided over 7,000 free doses of Restart™, their morning-after pill. Powered by the Restart™ Donation Bank, anyone who otherwise wouldn’t have access can get essential reproductive health care when it’s needed most.
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