As more states rush to enact legislation that restricts or bans abortion, many obstetrician-gynecologists (OBGYNs) are left feeling undermined by new laws that impede the quality of care they are able to provide to their patients.
With institutions interpreting the law inconsistently, this can further limit OBGYNs’ ability to exercise clinical judgment. Substantial gray areas have emerged in abortion care, including differing clinical interpretations of fetal “viability” and what exactly constitutes a “life threatening” emergency for a pregnant person, which only further muddies the waters for medical providers.
In today’s episode of the Your Health Unlocked Podcast, we are joined by Alfred University Assistant Professor of Sociology Meredith Field and Jessie Hill, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law, to discuss the impact of Ohio laws on medical practice in light of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
- Key findings of a study into how anti-abortion laws affect the practice of OBGYNs
- What the potential impacts of a post-Roe world could be on health care at large
- What the legal landscape of abortion in Ohio looks like
- The realities of working as a hospital lawyer
More about Meredith & Jessie:
Meredith P. Field is an assistant Sociology professor at Alfred University and the lead author of an article in the current issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, which analyzes OBGYNS’ experiences with, and perspectives on, how Ohio's abortion-restrictive regulatory landscape affects their health care practices.
Meredith completed one year as the OPEN Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her dual-title PhD in Rural Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies at Pennsylvania State University.
Inspired by her volunteer work as a reproductive health community educator and organizer in rural Central Pennsylvania, Meredith attended graduate school and is now trained as both a rural sociologist and a feminist sociologist. Her research program centers around issues of equity and access to healthcare.
Jessie Hill is Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Judge Ben C. Green Professor of Law. Before entering private practice, Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights. Jessie's teaching concentrates on constitutional law, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion.
Resources for Episode 006 (Bonus): Ohio Abortion Regulations and Ethical Dilemmas for OBGYNs With Meredith Field & Jessie Hill
- Fetal viability refers to the ability of a human fetus to survive outside the uterus.
- An obstetrician-gynecologist, or OBGYN, is a healthcare professional who specializes in female reproductive health.
- A focus group is a research method that brings together a small group of people to answer questions in a moderated setting.
- Qualitative research is a market research method that focuses on obtaining data through open-ended and conversational communication.
- ATLAS.ti is a computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software that facilitates the analysis of qualitative data for qualitative research.
- Ohio Policy Evaluation Network: https://open.osu.edu/
- Access to article: Ohio Abortion Regulations and Ethical Dilemmas for Obstetrician–Gynecologists:
- Roe v Wade legal case information: https://www.britannica.com/event/Roe-v-Wade
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