Dr. April Shaw is the Research Scholar at the Center for Public Health Law & Policy at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. She previously worked as an attorney at the Project on Predatory Student Lending at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School and, prior to that, as a senior law clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. Before entering the legal field, April was a lecturer in the Philosophy Department at Texas A&M University. April received her J.D. with distinction from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies. Her research interests include gender justice, racial justice, and reproductive rights. Her article on how state statutes prohibiting race- and sex-selective abortions employ longstanding racial stereotypes to place greater, and unwarranted, scrutiny on women of color who exercise their reproductive rights won the Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law.

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Women’s Health at Risk: How the Title X Final Rule Will Impact Poor and Low-Income Women

Law & Policy InsightsHealth Reform

November 7, 2019
by April Shaw

Title X is the only federally funded program for low-income patients exclusively dedicated to providing family planning and preventative services, including contraception and screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer and STDs. Title X serves some four million people a year, most of them women. However, recent rule changes threaten to severely limit women’s access to these essential services.

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