Patty Skuster is an expert on the regulation of abortion globally. She serves as Senior Legal Advisor at Ipas, where she develops innovative projects on the law, human rights, and abortion care and researches US foreign policy, legal risk in humanitarian settings, abortion with pills, and other emergent legal issues.
Since joining Ipas in 2005, Skuster has authored guidebooks, briefing papers, online-training, and peer-reviewed articles on abortion, international and comparative law, and human rights, including such topics as partnering with law enforcement, constitutional rights, legal risk, conscientious objection, regulation of abortion providers, self-managed abortion, adolescents’ right to consent, and abortion in US foreign policy. She shaped legal standards at UN and African human rights bodies and advised, trained, and produced guidance on evidence- and rights-based abortion law and policy for African and Asian advocates, lawyers, parliamentarians, and ministry officials.
Prior to Ipas, Skuster worked on reproductive health policy in the office of US Senator Barbara Boxer. She also conducted field research on the impact of US foreign policy in Africa and Asia for PAI and the Center for Reproductive Rights. Skuster has a JD and MPP from the University of Michigan and taught international human rights law at Drexel University Kline School of Law. Skuster is also a fellow and adjunct professor in the Masters of Public Health Program at the University of Pennsylvania.