Laura Harris, UCB-UCSF Joint Medical Program
This summer Laura worked in Bogota, Colombia interviewing key stakeholders about clinicians’ conscientious objection to abortion provision. Conscientious objection (CO) refers to clinicians’ refusal to provide legal abortions based on moral or religious grounds. Thirteen percent of maternal deaths are due to unsafe abortion, and CO can be a barrier to accessing safe abortion. The Colombia branch of Global Doctors for Choice hosted Laura in Bogota and facilitated contacts with potential interview respondents. Laura compiled findings from these interviews, and made recommendations to the Global Doctors for Choice about follow up research. Building off of her summer fellowship activities, she will be working with Global Doctors for Choice to create a quantitative survey of providers to assess prevalence of CO and characteristics associated with CO.