Heather Allison: 'I Can't Wait for the Opportunity to Get to Work Fighting for Reproductive Justice in the South.'

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Heather Allison

Heather Allison (University of Texas School of Law ’20)  graduated with her degree in law and public affairs. As a law student, she served on the board of UT’s If/When/How chapter and interned at Avow Texas and Jane’s Due Process, fighting abortion restrictions in Texas. She found a real passion for helping young people navigate parental consent laws on abortion and birth control as a hotline and textline volunteer for Jane’s Due Process. This year, she wrote a bill that was filed in the Texas Legislature that would allow minors to consent to their own contraceptive care. In her free time, she enjoys camping, walking her dog, and watching reality tv. She could not be more excited to continue working towards advancing reproductive equity in the South as an If/When/How Fellow at Healthy and Free Tennessee!

If/When/How: Who are you and where are you from?

Heather Allison: My name is Heather Allison (she/her). I’m originally from Amarillo, TX but have been in Austin for almost 12 years.

If/When/How: Where are you going? (You can treat this question literally or existentially).

HA: Literally, I am extremely excited to be working with Healthy and Free Tennessee, based in Nashville! Existentially, I am thrilled to be starting my journey as an RJ lawyer, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to get to work fighting for reproductive justice in the South.

If/When/How: Who or what drew you to reproductive justice work?

HA: I was drawn to reproductive justice work after taking a reproductive justice class in graduate school. I was shocked to find out the degree to which our bodily autonomy has been restricted by the government, and I was also surprised to learn that I had been lied to my whole life by doctors, teachers, and other people of authority about reproductive health and sexuality. I hope to be able to reduce the amount of misinformation surrounding abortion, as well as the stigma surrounding abortion care that affects the most vulnerable people in our communities. 

If/When/How: When you are not lawyering, what do you get up to?

HA: I love going camping and hiking! During non-pandemic times, I also love going to the movies and trying new restaurants.

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