Liza Fuentes
Published June 29, 2022

Liza Fuentes is a research scientist at the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization focused on reproductive rights. Fuentes’ studies focus on access to and the use of contraception, abortion, abortion restrictions, self-managed abortion, reproductive autonomy and clinical training in reproductive health. 

Fuentes serves on the board of directors for Taller Salud, a community-based organization in Puerto Rico centered on women’s access to healthcare and violence reduction. She is also on the board of Forward Together, a nonprofit advocating for workers’ rights, economic justice and reproductive justice. 

Previously, she was a senior research associate at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. There, Fuentes conducted research and analyzed the effects of immigration and health policies on Latina immigrants and adolescent reproductive health. While at Ibis Reproductive Health, Fuentes researched miscarriage management and self-induced abortion, and researched the evaluation of HB-2, the Texas bill that would ban abortion 20 weeks post-fertilization. This bill’s provisions were struck down by the Supreme Court in 2015.

Fuentes is also a former board member of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project, the National Network of Abortion Funds, the New York Abortion Access Fund and the DC Abortion Fund.

Fuentes completed her DrPH at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and was a predoctoral fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She also has a master’s in public health from Columbia University.

A Puerto Rican woman

Courtesy of Liza Fuentes

Pronouns: she/her

Expertise: Reproductive health and justice, Latina and adolescent health, abortion rights and restrictions, contraception

Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.


Twitter: @fuentes_liza

Heard on NPR’s Short Wave: “How Changes in Abortion Law Could Impact Community Health”

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