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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. She also leads the organization’s efforts to develop and advance policies that ensure that women have an equal opportunity to live healthy and economically secure lives by making the best health choices for themselves and their families.

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 two decades 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 also worked for the Virginia General Assembly, The AIDS Institute, the National Network of Abortion Funds, and the Center for Health and Gender Equity.

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, BillMoyers.com, 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,” C-SPAN, and other media programs.  

Taylor graduated with honors from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in political science from Howard University.

By Jamila Taylor
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Women of Color Will Lose the Most if Roe v. Wade Is OverturnedCenter for American ProgressAugust 23, 2018
What’s at Stake for Women if Kavanaugh Is Confirmed to Supreme CourtCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2018
The Trump-Pence Administration Uses Alternative Facts to Drive Major Policy Decisions Around Women’s HealthCenter for American ProgressAugust 8, 2018
Forty Years and Counting: How the Helms Amendment Violates the Human Rights of Women and Girls in Developing CountriesReproductive Justice Briefing BookJune 8, 2018
The Benefits of Nutrition Assistance for African American Maternal and Infant HealthCenter for American ProgressMay 1, 2018
Maternal Mortality and the Devaluation of Black MotherhoodCenter for American ProgressApril 11, 2018
On International Women’s Day, Resist Trump’s Global Gag RuleCenter for American ProgressMarch 7, 2018
Exploring African Americans’ High Maternal and Infant Death RatesCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2018
Rhetoric vs. Reality: How Abortion Bans Hurt WomenCenter for American ProgressJanuary 29, 2018
45 Ways Trump and Congress Threaten the Promise of Roe v. WadeCenter for American ProgressJanuary 19, 2018
Suffering in SilenceCenter for American ProgressNovember 17, 2017
Rhetoric vs. Reality: Why Access to Contraception Matters to WomenCenter for American ProgressNovember 15, 2017
5 Ways Immigration Justice Is Reproductive JusticeCenter for American ProgressOctober 10, 2017
Contraceptive Coverage Under the Affordable Care ActCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2017
Faith and Reproductive Justice Voices on the Contraception MandateCenter for American ProgressOctober 6, 2017
Ivanka Trump’s Report Card on Women’s and Working Families’ IssuesCenter for American ProgressOctober 3, 2017
Home Visiting Programs Are Vital for Maternal and Infant HealthCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2017
Who Seeks Religious Accommodations to Providing Contraceptive Coverage?Center for American ProgressAugust 11, 2017
Maternity Care Under ACA RepealCenter for American ProgressAugust 7, 2017
The Exportation of Trump’s Anti-Woman AgendaCenter for American ProgressJuly 6, 2017
5 Ways the Senate ACA Repeal Bill Hurts WomenCenter for American ProgressJune 30, 2017
Access to Reproductive Health Care for U.S.-Based RefugeesCenter for American ProgressJune 20, 2017
8 Ways the Trump Budget Threatens the Health and Safety of American FamiliesCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
The Trump Budget Neglects Basic Protections and Funds a Deportation Force InsteadCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2017
How President Trump’s Policy Agenda Hurts MothersCenter for American ProgressMay 12, 2017
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 Congressional 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