Levi's graduate study was funded by a HRSA Maternal Child Health Grant in Public Policy, and she subsequently became the PI of that grant when she joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. This was her first foray into health policy, and she has continued to be engaged in policy as a member of her primary professional organization, the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), serving as a representative in legislative activities at the state level on behalf of pregnant women and infants. More recently, Levi has been involved with the politics of reproductive health, particularly the role of nurses in providing abortion care, as an educator and advocate within nursing organizations.
Explores the objection of providers to participating in abortion care and how that pits the autonomy of the provider against the autonomy of the woman seeking care. Discusses this dichotomy in the context of contemporary midwifery care.