Joanna S. Suder, J.D. serves as Senior Staff Attorney, Reproductive Health. Prior to joining the Network, Joanna was a Deputy Attorney General with the State of Delaware for almost ten years, representing the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services through the COVID-19 Pandemic. During her time as a Deputy Attorney General, Joanna also represented facilities as well as regulators, drafted legislation and regulations, practiced affirmative and defensive litigation, and negotiated contracts on behalf of her clients.

After she earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Joanna worked as a health care assistant in a family planning clinic. Joanna has a law degree from the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where she was a health law concentrator. She co-oped at the Pennsylvania Health Law Project and spent at summer at the Nemours Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy in Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Delaware bar.

Articles & Resources

Medication Abortion: A Primer

Fact SheetReproductive Health and Equity Maternal and Child HealthLegislation and Legal ChallengesHealth and Health Care

April 5, 2023
by Joanna S. Suder

The majority of abortions in the U.S. are medical abortions, a safe and effective method for early pregnancy, initiated by patients using a medication regimen. Medical abortions, also called chemical abortions or abortion pills, are one of the new battlegrounds on which political and legal wars are being fought. This fact sheet provides information on the drug regimen for medication abortion and current legal challenges to their use.

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