The UB Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and the Western New York Coalition for Reproductive Justice have come together to educate and inspire the broader community about all that reproductive justice entails and the work that needs to be done to achieve it.

In the aftermath of the demise of Roe v. Wade, it is now more critical than ever to recognize and address the ripple effects of this legislation and the affected communities. 

This conference brings together over 200 university faculty and students across disciplines; health care providers, lawyers, policymakers, and community activists working on reproductive health and birth equity; and community members.


  • Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy
  • University at Buffalo School of Law
  • Gender Institute at UB
  • The Erie County Department of Health 
  • Buffalo Women Services
  • WNY Coalition for Reproductive Justice 

Key Topics

  • The Medical, Legal and Social Impacts of Dobbs and Abortion Bans
  • Birth Equity
  • Maternal and Infant Healthcare Crisis
  • Racial Disparaties
  • Healthcare Rights and Access for LGBTQ
  • Doulas, Midwifery, and Homebirths
  • Criminalization of Pregnancy


The conference will be held October 20-21, 2023 in downtown Buffalo at the Jacobs School of Medicine (955 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203).

Friday, October 20, 2023

Time Event Speakers
4:30 p.m.
Registration Opens  

5:00 p.m.

Welcome Dean Brashear

5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.



Loretta Ross
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Reception and Networking in the Atrium

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Time Event Speakers
8:00 a.m.
Breakfast / Registration

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Panel: Racial Inequities in Maternal and Infant Health


Shannon Johns, Danise C. Wilson, Elizabeth Kukura, Marilyn Kacica, Thaddeus Waters

Gale Burstein to moderate

10:45 - 11:30 a.m.

Morning Breakout Sessions

  Birth Trauma & Violence: Speakout Stories Katharine Morrison
  Increasing Justice in Reproductive Healthcare by Expanding Access Danise C. Wilson
  Abortion Stories Student led
  Home Birth and Midwifery: Challenges and Opportunities
Natalia Caraballo, Amanda Adkins, and Eileen Stewart

11:30 - 12:15 p.m.



Keynote: Demanding Personhood for the People Who Get Pregnant


Lynn Paltrow
12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
Posters and Lunch
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel: Medical, Legal and Social Implications of Dobbs
Lucinda Finley, Rachel Rebouche, Sarah Berga, Elias Schmidt, Athena Mattua
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions 
  Doulas: The Value and the Goal of
Shannon Johns, Njeri Motley, Brenzella Williams

Community Resources

Luanne Brown

Lessons from a Freestanding Birth Center: What Happened to Our Birth Movement

Katharine Morrison

Accessing LGBTQIA+ Care in the post-Dobbs World

Elias Schmidt, Jessica Baker
3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Closing: Advancing Access and Autonomy with Policy Post Dobbs
Georgana Hansen