Speaker Spotlight: Shannon Russell, JD


Speaker Spotlight: Shannon Russell, JD


Shannon Russell, JD
Herbert H. Thomas Plenary Lecture: The Catholic Case for Equitable Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Healthcare
Monday, October 24, 3:30 – 4:15 pm

We are excited to host Shannon Russell, JD, as a lecture speaker at the ASRM 2022 Scientific Congress & Expo. She will be sharing Herbert H. Thomas Plenary Lecture: The Catholic Case for Equitable Access to Comprehensive Reproductive Healthcare on Monday, October 24, 3:30 – 4:15 pm.

Shannon Russell (she/her) serves as Director of Policy at Catholics for Choice, working collaboratively with the organization’s domestic and international teams to provide strategic thought leadership and articulate policy change strategies impacting reproductive health, rights, and justice at the state, national, and international level. She fosters relationships and interacts regularly with elected officials, governmental representatives, and coalition partners to represent pro-choice Catholics who support reproductive freedom because of our faith, not in spite of it. Before joining CFC, Ms. Russell led federal advocacy efforts to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice at the National Council of Jewish Women and worked with policy staff at the Center for Reproductive Rights, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. She graduated from Gettysburg College with degrees in History and Political Science and from George Mason University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in May 2018. During law school, Ms. Russell served as a health law research assistant to Dr. Y Tony Yang and Senior Research Editor for the George Mason Law Review, publishing pieces in this journal and The Green Bag.

Efforts to ensure equitable access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare have long been misrepresented as fundamentally incompatible with religion. In reality, despite the opposition of the institutional Catholic church, one in four abortion patients in this country is Catholic, 98% of U.S. Catholics have used some form of contraception at some point in their lives, and 68% of Catholics support the protections for legal abortion access enshrined in Roe v. Wade. For many of them, abortion and birth control are a lifeline and a blessing, allowing them and their neighbors to plan and support their families, achieve their educational and employment goals, and thrive in their communities with dignity.

This lecture will explore the seven key principles of Catholic social justice that guide our advocacy to dismantle obstructions to comprehensive healthcare while demonstrating how these values align with the reproductive justice framework and can be used to ensure that all people everywhere can freely determine their sexual and reproductive destinies with respect and affirmation.

This lecture is endowed by a 1992 grant from EMD Serono, Inc.



Business of Medicine
Monday and Tuesday
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Hear from experts and provide feedback on what you would like to see next year. ASRM/ARM Collaboration

“All In” Reception
Monday, Oct. 24th
4:45 pm to 6:30 pm
Enjoy time with colleagues while learning more about how you can get involved with ASRM Affiliate Societies, Professional Groups, and Special Interest Groups.

ASRMed Talks
15-minute talks from experts on a variety of topics on the Expo Theater Stage. Check the Expo Theater Schedule for times.

Networking Lounge
Meet experts and ASRM leadership, find new connections or meet up with old friends. Inside the Expo Hall..

Top Poster Session
Twelve individuals will present during the ‘Top Poster’ Lightning Round. Prize poster winners will be selected from this group.

Live QBoost
Join in some friendly competition with your colleagues and play Live QBoost! (bragging rights available!)

Policy and Advocacy Special Session
Tuesday, Oct. 25th
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm
Join us as we discuss the current political climate and its impact on the reproductive medicine field.

Digital Poster Hall
The Poster Hall has a new look with enhanced viewing/listening features and dedicated time to present.

President’s Gala After Party
Sunday, Oct. 23rd
Beginning at 9 pm
Dr. Marcelle Cedars will host the ASRM 2022 After Party with cocktails, dessert, and music. After Party entrance tickets are included as part of the purchase of a President’s Gala Ticket or can be purchased separately.

2022 President's Gala and After Party

To Benefit the Center for Policy and Leadership

All funds raised at the President’s Gala will benefit the ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership.

Join Us For the ASRM President’s Gala and After Party!

Sunday, October 23 | Beginning at 6:00 PM | Hilton Anaheim

ASRM President, Dr. Marcelle Cedars invites all Congress attendees to join us at the 2022 President’s Gala as we turn back the clock 50 years to celebrate historical milestones in reproductive rights and lay the foundation for leading policy discussions now and into the future.

The ASRM President’s Gala will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the ASRM awards presentation. Immediately following the Gala, Dr. Cedars will host an After Party with cocktails, dessert, and music. Tickets to the After Party are included with your Gala ticket or may be purchased separately.

Black tie optional.

Purchase your tickets or table when you register for the Congress. Already registered for the meeting? 

Thank you to our sponsors
Premier Sponsor: Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
The After Party is presented by Organon, LLC


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