Patty Skuster

Patty Skuster is Senior Legal Advisor for Ipas, a global reproductive health and rights organization that promotes access to abortion. At Ipas, Patty provides strategic guidance on legal and human rights innovation on abortion and leads the organization’s work on U.S. foreign policy. Patty has also advised governments and advocates on human rights in national abortion law and policy and led Ipas’s work to build capacity of lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officials on abortion and human rights. She has published on reproductive health and human rights issues including partnering with police to improve abortion care, abortion and constitutional rights, provider refusal, interpreting abortion laws, adolescents’ right to consent, women’s reproductive rights in Africa, and abortion in US foreign policy. Before Ipas, Patty worked in the office of US Senator Barbara Boxer. She also documented the impact of the Bush global gag rule in Nepal and East Africa for PAI and the Center for Reproductive Rights. She taught international human rights law at Drexel University Law School. Patty has a JD and MPP from the University of Michigan.