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Expertise: Domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, reproductive justice

Jamila K. Taylor is a Senior Fellow at American Progress where she serves as an expert on domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. Prior to joining American Progress, Taylor was a senior policy advisor at Ipas, a global nongovernmental organization dedicated to ending preventable deaths and disabilities from unsafe abortion and helping women realize their sexual and reproductive rights. In that role, Taylor led the organization’s global policy team on matters related to U.S. policy and abortion and directed the Ipas staff on strategies for promoting U.S. laws and policies that ensure access to abortion, including support for public funding. She also worked to inform members of Congress, executive branch officials, and social justice advocates about the role that U.S. policy plays in access to abortion for women nationally and abroad.

Taylor has 20 years of public policy and advocacy experience, beginning her career as a congressional staff member in the office of Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-VA) in the late 1990s. While working on Capitol Hill, she was responsible for health and education issues—with very strong interests in the health and human rights of disenfranchised groups, specifically reproductive justice for women of color.

Taylor has published and presented on a number of topics related to reproductive health and rights and public policy. Her work has been seen in The Hill, Real Clear Policy, Real Clear Health, The Nation, U.S. News and World Report, Rewire,, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, as well as a host of other publications. She has provided commentary on current women’s health policy issues on NPR, Morning Consult, Women@Work—Powered by the Wharton School, “The Leslie Marshall Show,” and other media programs.  

Taylor holds a bachelor of arts in political science from Hampton University and a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University.

By Jamila Taylor
The American Health Care Act is a disaster for women. But it may get even worse.MediumMarch 23, 2017
What Trump’s Budget May Mean for Violence Against Women ProgramsRewireMarch 23, 2017
5 Ways the Republican ACA Repeal Bill Would Roll Back Progress on Health Insurance Coverage for Low-Income WomenCenter for American ProgressMarch 20, 2017
The Pillars of EquityCenter for American ProgressMarch 15, 2017
Reproductive Health and Rights in the Face of Zika Virus: A Spotlight on Latin America and the CaribbeanGeorgetown Journal of International AffairsFebruary 22, 2017
The Threat to Title X Family PlanningCenter for American ProgressFebruary 9, 2017
Trump’s Radical Attack on Global HealthRealClearHealthFebruary 7, 2017
What’s at Stake for Women: Threat of the Global Gag RuleCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2017
How Women Would Be Hurt by ACA Repeal and Defunding of Planned ParenthoodCenter for American ProgressJanuary 18, 2017
How Trump Threatens a Woman’s Right to Reproductive Health CareCenter for American ProgressDecember 20, 2016
The Hyde Amendment Has Perpetuated Inequality in Abortion Access for 40 YearsCenter for American ProgressSeptember 29, 2016
The Promotion of Long-Acting Contraceptives Must Confront History and Center Patient AutonomyRewireAugust 15, 2016
Infographic: Pregnancy, Contraception, and Medicaid Expansion in the Face of ZikaCenter for American ProgressJuly 19, 2016
Playing Politics With ZikaU.S. News & World ReportJune 24, 2016
Congress Must Swiftly Act to Respond to Zika VirusInsideSourcesJune 14, 2016
Zika Virus in the United StatesCenter for American ProgressMay 24, 2016