Adrienne R. Ghorashi, Esq. is a Lead Law and Policy Analyst at Temple University’s Center for Public Health Law Research, where she leads multidisciplinary legal epidemiology studies tracking and evaluating the public health impact of laws. She is an attorney, academic researcher, and social justice activist. Her expertise is in sexual and reproductive health laws, with a focus on US and global abortion access. Her work also includes intersecting issues of health and equity, such as housing inequality, healthcare access, criminalization, and immigrants’ rights. She maintains annual updates to the Center’s State Abortion Laws database and is an expert on the rapidly shifting legal landscape of abortion regulation. Adrienne is a Society of Family Planning (SFP) Changemakers in Family Planning grantee and currently serves as co-chair of APHA’s Abortion Task Force. Her policy research and commentary has appeared in various peer-reviewed journals, conferences, blogs, and the media.
In addition to her academic and legal career, Adrienne is an active member of the Philadelphia community. She is chair of community engagement for the ACLU of Pennsylvania board, and a board member of the Abortion Liberation Fund of PA, an abortion fund serving the Philadelphia area. Prior to joining the Center, she was a legal fellow at ACLU-PA, where she worked on federal impact litigation targeting over-policing and prison conditions, and defending free speech, religious freedom, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice. She is a proud child of immigrants and political asylees, which greatly influenced her intersectional perspective, and is the first in her family to become a lawyer. Adrienne earned her JD at Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2014, where she was awarded as a Rubin-Presser public interest scholar, and is admitted to practice in PA and NJ.