New Advisory-Audio Press Conference Thursday, July 2nd, 2015



SisterLove’s Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH, Dr. Jocelyn Elders And Others Discuss An Assessment of 2015 State Legislatures and Congressional Actions on Abortion & Reproductive Health:



Washington, DC:  With most state legislatures concluding by June 30, 2015, In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda and CCMC, CCMC will hold an audio press conference on Thursday, July 2 at 2:00 pm EDT (11:00 am PT). 

Abortion restrictions disproportionately impact low-income women and women of color. The ongoing wave of new state-level restrictions has been especially severe in the South, dramatically reducing access for some women, including Black women. In addition to the onslaught of state restrictions, the U.S. Congress is looking to pass similar laws at the federal level.

These are the predictions of In Our Own Voice and documented in the Guttmacher Institute’s quarterly analysis of state legislative trends on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

A new Guttmacher report, analyzing trends through the first six months of 2015, will be issued just before this press conference.

WHO:  The audio briefing will include:

Michelle Batchelor, moderator, National Director of In Our Own Voice, National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, Washington, DC

Dazon Dixon Diallo, MPH, Founder and President of SisterLove of Atlanta Georgia and founding strategic partner of In Our Own Voice

Elizabeth Nash, Senior State Issues Associate, Guttmacher Institute, Washington, DC.

Dr. Joycelyn Elders, former U.S. Surgeon General; Professor, School of Public Health, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

WHAT & HOW: Reporters NOTE: To register for the audio press conference, email or call Stephanie Saulsbury at (202) You will then be sent call-in instructions, phone numbers and links to background materials.

SisterLove is a 25 year-old, Atlanta-based, reproductive justice organization with a focus on sexual health and prevention/care, including HIV, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancy and violence.

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national policy organization that works to amplify the voices of Black women in the ongoing fight to secure reproductive rights, health and justice for all women.

CCMC, the Communications Consortium Media Center, is a nonprofit group who works to develop communications strategies for policy change.


For more information contact:

Stephanie Saulsbury, CCMC, (202) 969-1162, cell: (301) 233-2484or

Rebecca Wind, Guttmacher Institute, (212) 248-1953,