Physicians, abortion provision and the legitimacy paradox.

Lisa Harris
January 1, 2013

In this piece, Dr. Harris describes the impact of abortion stigma on practitioners. She outlines the challenge of the “legitimacy paradox.” While highly qualified clinicians provide abortion care, they are portrayed as deviant or illegitimate providers due to the abortion stigma. This paradox then further contributes to the secrecy surrounding abortion provision, shortages of providers, and misrepresentation of providers.

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