Joffe

Carole Joffe

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, University of California, San Francisco
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care Reform
  • Reproductive Health
  • Women

About Carole

Joffe’s areas of expertise are reproductive health services, reproductive politics and the workforce in these fields. She has written widely, for both academic and lay audiences, on abortion and contraception. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Abortion Federation and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals.

Publications

Trends in Abortion Care and Access (with Tracy Weitz) (Spring , 2010).
Discusses the very uneven access to abortion that exists in different regions of the United States.
"Working with Dr. Tiller: Staff Recollections of Women’s Health Care Services of Wichita" Perspectives in Sexual and Reproductive Health 43, no. 3 (2011): 199-204.
Describes the controversial, widely misunderstood and deeply compassionate services offered to women who needed to terminate much wanted pregnancies because of severe or lethal fetal anomalies, based on interviews with the staff of the late George Tiller, M.D.
The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers (Temple University Press, 1986, paperback 1987).
An ethnography of a clinic that provides birth control and abortion services, told from the perspective of the lay counselors.
Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion before and after Roe v. Wade (Beacon Press, 1996).
Describes the provision of abortion in the pre-Roe v Wade era, and the unanticipated difficulties of abortion provision after that landmark decision.
Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients and the Rest of Us (Beacon Press, 2009, paperback 2010).
Discusses the stigmatization of abortion in American society and the impact of the legal, legislative and physical attacks on abortion providers.

In the News

"Volunteers are the Unsung Heroes of Abortion Care," Carole Joffe (with David S. Cohen), HuffPost, February 6, 2018.
"Race, Class, and the Contradiction of Contemporary Abortion Politics," Carole Joffe, Eyes Right, Political Research Associates, January 26, 2018.
"When Hurricane Harvey Hit, Texas Abortion Providers Stepped Up," Carole Joffe, Rewire, September 12, 2017.
Carole Joffe quoted on state restrictions towards abortion access in David Montero, "South Carolina Becomes the Latest State Pushing to Restrict Abortions by Cutting Funding" Los Angeles Times, August 27, 2017.
"If ‘Roe v. Wade’ Falls, Women Will Go to Jail," Carole Joffe, Rewire, April 6, 2017.
"These Black Men Pushed Abortion Access before ‘Roe’," Carole Joffe, Rewire, February 6, 2017.
"The Hearings on Trump’s Nominees Begin," Carole Joffe, New York Times, January 11, 2017.
"Will Jeff Sessions Protect Abortion Providers?," Carole Joffe, The Hill, December 20, 2016.
"The Legacy - or Lack Thereof - of Phyllis Schlafly," Carole Joffe, Rewire, September 12, 2016.
"Zika and the Military," Carole Joffe (with Daniel Grossman), New York Times, August 15, 2016.
"A Win for Abortion Providers, Patients, and Supporters - for a Change," Carole Joffe, Beacon Broadside, June 29, 2016.
"Asking about Abortion," Carole Joffe, Dissent, March 11, 2016.
"Anti-Choice Violence: Why Colorado Springs is Different," Carole Joffe, RH Reality Check, December 2, 2015.
"Getting Republicans on Record about How Fetal Tissue Research Has Helped Them," Carole Joffe, RH Reality Check, August 20, 2015.
"The Hidden Costs of Abortion Restrictions," Carole Joffe, RH Reality Check, October 15, 2014.
"Will Obama’s Child Care Vision Overcome Nixon’s Legacy?," Carole Joffe, Dissent, January 27, 2015.
"Will Abortion Opponents Use a Familiar Playbook to Push for a 20 Week Ban?," Carole Joffe, The Conversation, January 22, 2015.
Carole Joffe quoted on reasons for declining abortion rates, "Abortions Declining in U.S., Study Finds" New York Times, February 2, 2014.
"Stigma on Steroids: On Kansas Banning Abortion Providers from Schools," Carole Joffe, RH Reality Check, July 11, 2013.