The Power of TV: Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling

Hollywood, Health & Society and the TV Academy Foundation co-sponsored a special panel discussion, “The Power of TV: Reproductive Health and Access in Storytelling,” focusing on how entertainment has influenced attitudes and access to safe reproductive choice and women’s healthcare.

The Nov. 7 event drew storytellers and experts that explored TV’s depiction of the topics through the years—from Maude to Murphy Brown to Jane the Virgin and Dear White People.

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Guest speakers included:

Janine Sherman Barrois, showrunner, Claws; executive producer, Criminal Minds; co-executive producer, ER.
Dorothy Fortenberry, writer/co-producer, The Handmaid’s Tale; writer, The 100.
Amanda Lasher, showrunner, The Bold Type; co-executive producer, Riverdale and Gossip Girl
Hayley Schore, co-creator and writer, The Resident; writer, Code Black
Gretchen Sisson, PhD, research sociologist, UC San Francisco

Logan Browning co-star of Dear White People, served as the moderator.

The panel was held at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center (Governors Room), 5210 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.