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Our people

Meet our community of abortion activists and professionals, researchers, providers, advocates, and community organisers who are working hard to help us tackle abortion stigma.

Jayne Kavanagh

Jayne Kavanagh is an Associate Professor (Teaching) at UCL Medical School and a sexual and reproductive health specialty doctor in London. She is clinical education lead of the RCOG’s Making Abortion Safe programme and co-chairs Doctors for Choice UK.

Lesley Hoggart

Lesley Hoggart is a Professor of Social Policy Research at the Open University. Her main areas of research are focused on reproductive health; abortion policy and politics; abortion stigma and contraception. She is committed to research that makes a difference and tries to translate research findings into action. Lesley’s most recent academic work on understanding abortion stigma has resulted in the multi-media My Body My Life Travelling Exhibition and website.

Kellie O’Dowd

Workshop facilitator

Kellie O’Dowd has been passionate about abortion rights since her student days.

For 11 years she worked for the Irish social justice organisation Trademark.

She is a founding member of Reclaim the Agenda and has been involved in the activist group Alliance for Choice Belfast since 2008 where she was co-chair from 2012 until 2019 when decriminalisation was finally achieved in Northern Ireland.

Jane Calvert

Talkline trainer & Workshop facilitator

Jane has been involved in abortion care for the last 35 years. She has worked with the Family Planning Association, MSI Reproductive Choices and also BPAS in client care for the past 29 years. During this time she has ‘talked abortion’ in many different environments and would definitely be described as an ‘abortion nerd’!

Jane advocates for abortion to be delivered in a way that is kind, compassionate, respectful and is able to maintain the dignity and integrity of everyone involved.

Zachi Brewster

Workshop facilitator

Zachi is on a mission to improve abortion care through advocacy, creativity, empathy and having the conversations that matter. She supports people through their abortion experiences as an Abortion Doula, and is the creator of Dopo an international abortion support community.

In addition to this, she empowers a diverse range of change-makers and organisations in the sexual and reproductive health space to find their voice and engage with their communities. Zachi is also the Community Engagement Trustee at Bi-Pride UK.

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