Almost every abortion-related death could be prevented through sex education, use of effective contraception, the provision of safe and legal induced abortion, and timely care for complications.

The GEMMA Seminar

The GEMMA practicum seminar allows students to engage in fieldwork related to reproductive health practice and policy across the globe. The seminar addresses the medical, legal, ethical, human rights, and religious perspectives on abortion, with exercises on values clarification and effective communication. Since its start in 2010, more than 200 students have taken the class, and it has gained popularity and attracted students from a diverse range of cultural and educational backgrounds.

“I met Dr. Rochat when I visited Emory and was impressed by his dedication to maternal health and providing opportunities for students to get involved and conduct field work. Emory was also the only school that offered any coursework or training related to abortion, which, regardless of political or ideological beliefs, is an important public health issue.”
– GEMMA seminar alumnus

The GEMMA Fund

With your support, the GEMMA Fund and the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University is working to reduce disparities in safe abortion practice and improve maternal health outcomes, with the goal of eliminating maternal mortality from abortion. This mission is strengthened through various courses, including the GEMMA seminar, and collaboration with clinical and public health organizations. The GEMMA Fund also helps support student research and national presentations of research findings.  

“When I met Roger [Rochat, director of the GEMMA project] at Visit Emory and talked to him about the GEMMA seminar, I was completely enthralled. He is a visionary, and the work and research that is done at Rollins and through GEMMA is so important and has changed my life. Couldn't ask for a better career!”

– GEMMA seminar alumnus

Philanthropic support is critical to continuing the GEMMA Project’s unique and lifesaving work.

To learn more about supporting the GEMMA project or to make a gift, contact Brooks Lyddan at or 404-727-8842