Recent presentations, webinars, and grand rounds by ANSIRH staff (note that these are large video files and will take several minutes to load):
Abortion Stigma Webinar Series
ANSIRH and Ipas collaborated to host a monthly discussion with global and domestic experts on HIV, stigma, sexual stigma, and abortion stigma from February–June 2013. The stigma surrounding abortion plays a critical role in the social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion care around the world. Stigma shames and silences women seeking abortions and providers, and is a major contributor to unsafe and often lethal conditions for women. Though stigma is pervasive and threatens women, it is only just beginning to be well understood. Speakers in these webinars provide frameworks for understanding stigma, a variety of tools for measuring stigma, and innovative ideas for reducing stigma worldwide.
The webinars are posted below, and we’d like to thank everyone who participated for helping to make it such a great series and for contributing to the discussion. As an example of the kind of conversations the series generated, see the twitter feed for the last webinar.
Abortion Stigma Webinar #5:
Abortion provider stigma
June 11, 2013
Dr. Lisa Harris, professor at the University of Michigan, covers stereotypes of abortion providers as both technically and morally deficient, and shows the ways in which providers experience stigma at multiple levels—including in discourse, law and politics, institutions, and in patient encounters. She discusses the significance of abortion provider stigmatization for provider psychosocial well-being, abortion human resources, patient safety, and law and policy. Finally, she looks at how abortion provider stigma might be transcended, and the use of Contact Theory to address abortion provider stigma.
Abortion Stigma Webinar #4:
Getting past “homophobia”—Thinking more clearly about stigma, prejudice, and sexual orientation
May 14, 2013
Professor Gregory Herek, psychologist at UC Davis, introduced his conceptualization of Sexual Stigma (stigma based on minority sexual orientation) and discussed how this conceptualization informs stigma measurement. He also explored the application of Contact Theory and described how contact between heterosexuals and sexual minority individuals is associated with reductions in sexual prejudice.
Abortion Stigma Webinar #3:
Reducing mental health stigma
April 9, 2013
Professor Patrick Corrigan, psychologist at Illinois Institute of Technology, presented his work on promising practices for reducing mental health stigma and his “Coming Out Proud” program. Special guest Renee Bracey-Sherman contributed her personal story of coming out about abortion. A recorded version of the webinar is unavailable, but these links provide more information:
- Dr. Patrick Corrigan’s biography and list of publications
- Dr. Patrick Corrigan’s lectures
- Feministing interview with Renee Bracey Sherman
- BBC World News Hour interview with Renee Bracey Sherman
Abortion Stigma Webinar #2:
Stigma, contact, and connection
March 12, 2013
Kate Cockrill from ANSIRH presents her work on individual-level abortion stigma and findings from her recent study exploring how book clubs can help to reduce abortion stigma in the United States.
The video is in two parts. View the intro first and then the rest of the webinar below.
Abortion Stigma Webinar #1:
Understanding and addressing abortion stigma
February 12, 2013
Leila Hessini and Kristen Shellenberg from Ipas present their conceptual model for stigma and provide an overview of their ongoing work on abortion stigma, including their recently developed scale to measure stigmatizing attitudes, beliefs and actions towards women who have an abortion.
The experience of seeking and receiving or being denied an abortion in the United States
December 13, 2011
Video starts at about the 8:45 mark
Mobilizing scientific arguments in the abortion debate
November 29, 2011
Video starts at about the 8:40 mark
Training and evaluating nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives and physician assistants as providers of early aspiration abortion in California
November 30, 2010
Video starts at about the 1:50 mark