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Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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The Endangered Clinic


Examining the Past, Present, and Future of Abortion Clinics in America

In this presentation, we will discuss the architectural design and social implications surrounding abortion clinics to begin to normalize the conversation around this building type.  Abortions are extremely common health interventions; 1 in 4 women will have an abortion in their lifetime.  However, most of the professional community of architects have been noticeably absent when it comes to speaking about abortion clinics and their design requirements.  While there are numerous books, publications, guidelines, and studies regarding best practices for hospitals and medical facilities in the architecture literature, rarely do these include coverage of abortion clinics. 


1. Review the history of the design and architectural considerations of abortion clinics.
2. Explore the key challenges associated with abortion clinics including zoning laws, construction implications, and TRAP (targeted restrictions against abortion providers) laws.
3. Learn about the unique design needs of abortion clinics – including patient/provider safety and specific healthcare architectural implications.
4. Examine potential ‘Post-Roe America’ scenarios: what could the future of access to the physical structures of abortion clinics look like?