I conduct interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on many issues along the reproductive justice continuum, including abortion, miscarriage, contraception, infertility and birth. My three areas of focus now are: 1) Abortion stigma (for both women seeking abortion and healthcare providers who help them); 2) Stratified reproduction in the US (meaning the ways in which race/ethnicity/socioeconomic status impact how fertility/reproduction is experienced and depicted in media and political discourse; and 3) Conscience and contested medical care. Specifically, I examine the ways in which ""conscience"" has become tied to objection to abortion care, and the impact of this association on law, clinical practice, discourse, and the discipline of bioethics. I use a variety of methodologies, including interviews, focus groups, oral histories and surveys.
Harris LH, Cooper AC, Rasinski KA, Curlin FC, Lyerly AD. Obstetrician-gynecologistsâ€™ objections to and willingness to assist patients seeking abortion. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2011 Oct;118(4):905-912
Harris LH, Grossman M. Confronting the Challenge of Unsafe Second Trimester Abortion. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.
Harris LH, Debbink M, Martin L, Hassinger J. Dynamics of Stigma in Abortion Work: A Pilot Study of the Providers Share Workshop. Social Science and Medicine, 2011 Oct;73(7):1062-70.
Martin L, Debbink MP, Hassinger J, Harris LH. Abortion, Possible and Impossible: Stigma and Narratives of Ghanaian Doctors Who Provide Abortions. Reflections, Summer 2011; (17)3: 79-87.
Harris LH. Interdisciplinary perspectives on race, ethnicity and class in recommendations for intra-uterine contraception. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2010;4: 293-5.