A multi-state comparison of messaging and actors in abortion testimony and legislative debate related to early abortion bans in the Southern US
Awarded 2019
Emerging Scholars in Family Planning
Subasri Narasimhan, PhD
Emory University

Subasri (Suba) Narasimhan completed her PhD in Community Health Sciences at the University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health where she was a Bixby Doctoral Fellow, Child and Family Health Trainee, and a Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health and Development Pre-Doctoral Trainee. Her MPH in Maternal and Child Health was completed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her doctoral training, Suba focused the majority of her work on reproductive health in marginalized populations in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the Southeast (RISE) at Emory University employing mixed-methods to examine the impact of abortion restrictions on the health and well-being of young women in the Southeast. Her study examines the legislative discourse and public testimony of “fetal heartbeat bans” and other early-term abortion restrictions introduced between January 2018 and April 2019 in the southern US. Using publicly available video and audio recordings of committee meetings and floor debate, she will analyze arguments, counterarguments, and evidence gaps on both sides and provide comparisons across states. Suba aims to provide insights towards improved scientific discourse strategy and elucidate the arguments used in the legislative discourse in shaping anti-abortion policies.