In High Schools we are increasing the scope of sexual and reproductive healthcare in high school-based health centers (SBHCs), improving sex education curriculum to be evidence-based and inclusive of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and protecting the rights of pregnant and parenting students so they may realize their family formation and educational goals. Our policy research led to the 2017 passage of the second bill in the nation (HB616) to clarify and define excused absences for pregnant and parenting public school students in the effort to stop Title IX violations by faculty and administrators. A new resource, The Rights of Pregnant Youth in Maryland, and a report, Could We Do More? The Argument for Inclusive Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in School-Based Health Centers, will be released in the new year, as well as online resource on the rights of pregnant youth in Maryland
In Colleges we are increasing the scope of sexual and reproductive healthcare in college-based health and wellness centers, helping students gain more timely access to emergency contraception on-campus, and supporting pregnant and parenting students so they may realize their family formation and education goals. Our policy research and organizing led to the 2017 introduction of the first statewide bill in the nation requiring public universities to offer students 24/7 access to over-the-counter emergency contraception (EC). Through a successful campaign, students and staff helped University of Maryland – College Park to become the first campus in the state to offer EC at their 24-hour convenience stores this fall. We anticipate advocating for the same legislation during the 2018 Maryland General Assembly.