Abortion doctors, professional identity and the law
This piece of research was based on a detailed interview study with 14 doctors who had spent at least a decade working as abortion providers. It was led by Ellie Lee, working with Jan Macvarish and Sally Sheldon, all of the University of Kent.
The aims of the project were:
- To make a contribution to discussion of abortion provision, in the context of the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act in 2017.
- To develop methodology and tools for a larger scale study about the work of, and issues confronting, abortion providers.
- To develop sociological analysis of professional identity through this (and future) work.
Preliminary Findings (PDF)
‘The 1967 Abortion Act fifty years on: Abortion, medical authority and the law revisited’, by Lee, Sheldon and Macvarish (journal article, Social Science and Medicine)
Dissemination event: Thursday 29 June 2017
Find out more about abortion research by Ellie Lee here