Lori Freedman, PhD, is a sociologist and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. She conducts research with Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF. Dr. Freedman investigates the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is a qualitative study of the challenges to integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from those physician interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals, with an interest in how conscientious objection in medical practice operates at the institutional level. Dr. Freedman received her bachelor of arts degree at the University of Oregon and her PhD in sociology from the University of California, Davis.
February 28, 2021
Schueler K, Hebert LE, Wingo E, Freedman LR, Stulberg DB. Denial of tubal ligation in religious hospitals: Consumer attitudes when insurance limits hospital choice. Contraception. February 2021; [Epub ahead of print].
January 7, 2021
Freedman LR, Landy U, Langton C, Rocca CH, Bennett AH, Ly E. Interprofessional abortion opposition: A national survey and qualitative interviews with abortion training program directors at U.S. teaching hospitals. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. January 2021; 52(4):235-244.
December 14, 2020
Casas L, Freedman LR, Ramm A, Correa S, Baba CF, Biggs MA. Chilean medical and midwifery faculty's views on conscientious objection for abortion services. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. December 2020; 46(1):25-34.
December 1, 2020
Biggs MA, Tome L, Mays A, Kaller S, Harper CC, Freedman LR. The fine line between informing and coercing: Community health center clinicians' approaches to counseling young people about IUDs. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. December 2020; 52(4):245-252.
November 16, 2020
Wascher JM, Stulberg DB, Freedman LR. Anticipatory counseling about miscarriage management in Catholic hospitals: A qualitative exploration of women's preferences. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. November 2020; 52:171-179.
September 17, 2020
Wascher JM, Stulberg DB, Freedman LR. Restrictions on reproductive care at catholic hospitals: a qualitative study of patient experiences and perspectives. AJOB Empirical Bioethics. September 2020.