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Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel

Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel, first joined the Center in 2009 as a law fellow and was promoted to Counsel, focusing on health care reform implementation and preventing discrimination in health care. She subsequently worked as a law fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where she worked on scholarship related to global health and human rights, health care reform and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Kelli returned to the Center in April 2012, and now oversees the Center's efforts to address religious restrictions on women's access to reproductive health services, including its work on hospital mergers and crisis pregnancy centers. Kelli holds a law degree from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an A.B. from Princeton University.

My Take

It's Time to Help Women Lead Healthy Lives

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: May 12, 2011 at 01:30 pm

Before my daughter was born, I regularly exercised and ate a pretty healthy diet. I knew, of course, that I would have less time after I had a child, but I never imagined that as my daughter's fourth birthday approaches, I would still not have returned to a regular yoga practice and instead content myself with weekday walks between my husband's and my offices.

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The Affordable Care Act Benefits Rural Women

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: March 24, 2011 at 04:17 pm

Growing up in rural Texas, I was lucky. My town of about 7,000 people had a handful of family practitioners and our county had a small hospital. But, the hospital didn't deliver babies, so women had to drive into San Antonio, about 35 miles away, to see an OB/GYN.


Hooray for the ACA!

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: March 23, 2011 at 11:03 am

There are strange things done in the D.C. sun,
By the folks who troll for votes.
The beltway stars have their insider bars
And ways of staying afloat.
Out in the breach, we’ve seen overreach.
But the craziest vote we all still say
Was the day HR2 lead the way for the House to say –
"Repeal the ACA."


Planned Parenthood, Why do I Love Thee?

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: February 16, 2011 at 05:48 pm

Why do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love all of the healthcare you provide.
The million pap tests that saved lives.
Planned Parenthood, you deserve praise,
For all of the tests and the many ways,
You keep women and men from being denied,
The services upon which they rely,
And plan pregnancies for future days.
I love the many flu vaccinations,


Before Roe

Posted by Kelli Garcia, Senior Counsel | Posted on: January 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

Let’s start with what I know to be true—Roe v. Wade saved women’s lives. Before Roe, women died. They died because they were desperate.