Abortion providers, professional identity, and restrictive laws: A qualitative study

Laura E. Britton, Rebecca J. Mercier, Mara Buchbinder, Amy G. Bryant

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Abstract

Most studies on the impact of restrictive abortion laws have focused on patient-level outcomes. To better understand how such laws affect providers, we conducted a qualitative study of 27 abortion providers working under a restrictive law in North Carolina. Providers derived professional identity from their motivations, values, and experiences of pride related to abortion provision. The law affected their professional identities by perpetuating negative characterizations of their profession, requiring changes to patient care and communication, and creating conflicts between professional values and legal obligations. We conclude that a holistic understanding of the impact of abortion laws should include providers’ perspectives.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages222-237
Number of pages16
JournalHealth Care for Women International
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 4 2017

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Abortion providers, professional identity, and restrictive laws : A qualitative study. / Britton, Laura E.; Mercier, Rebecca J.; Buchbinder, Mara; Bryant, Amy G.

In: Health Care for Women International, Vol. 38, No. 3, 04.03.2017, p. 222-237.

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Britton, Laura E. ; Mercier, Rebecca J. ; Buchbinder, Mara ; Bryant, Amy G./ Abortion providers, professional identity, and restrictive laws : A qualitative study. In: Health Care for Women International. 2017 ; Vol. 38, No. 3. pp. 222-237
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