Katrina Kimport

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California, San Francisco

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About Katrina

Kimport has three primary areas of research expertise. 1) She is an expert on abortion. Most recently, she has closely examined women’s experience of preabortion ultrasound viewing and the fictional onscreen depictions of abortion, abortion patients, and abortion providers. She has also studied women’s social and emotional experience of abortion (e.g. unpacking “abortion regret”). 2) She is an expert on same-sex marriage in the U.S., with an emphasis on gay and lesbians’ experiences of legal marriage. 3) She is an expert on social movements related to abortion rights and marriage equality in the U.S. She is also knowledgeable about the socio-legal aspects of abortion and same-sex marriage, including how the law is used to regulate both practices and how that translates into people’s lived experience.


In the News

Andrea Swartzendruber's research on understanding pregnancy resource centers discussed by Anna North, "What “crisis pregnancy centers” Really Do," Vox Media, March 2, 2020.
Katrina Kimport quoted on cost sharing for birth controls by Morgan Ome, "The Surprisingly Fraught Question of Who Pays for Birth Control" The Atlantic, February 19, 2020.
Katrina Kimport quoted by Emma Green, "Should Pro-Life Clinics Have to Post Information about Abortion?" The Atlantic, March 19, 2018.
Katrina Kimport's research on abortion and regret discussed by Laurie Abraham, "Abortion: Not Easy, Not Sorry," Elle, October 14, 2014.
Katrina Kimport's research on preabortion ultrasound viewing discussed by Shereen Jegtvig, "Seeing Ultrasound Rarely Changes Abortion Plans: Study," Reuters, January 30, 2014.
Katrina Kimport's research on depictions of abortion in media discussed by Tara Culp-Ressler, "More Than Four Decades after Roe v. Wade, What Stories are We Telling about Abortion?," ThinkProgress, January 22, 2014.
Katrina Kimport's research on preabortion ultrasound viewing discussed by Anna Breslaw, "Do Women Who See Their Ultrasounds Decide against Abortion?," Cosmopolitan, January 10, 2014.


"Comparison of Health, Development, Maternal Bonding, and Poverty among Children Born after Denial of Abortion vs after Pregnancies Subsequent to an Abortion" (with Diana Greene Foster). JAMA Pediatrics (2018).

Examines the association of women receiving or being denied a wanted abortion with their children’s health and well-being.

Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the U.S. (Rutgers University Press, 2014).
Examines the many and overlapping reasons same-sex couples choose to marry, including as protest, for rights and social recognition, and for love. Argues that, depending on the reasons for marriage, same-sex marriage can both contest and entrench sexual identity-based inequality.
"Telling Stories about Abortion: Abortion-Related Plots in American Film and Television, 1916-2013" (with Gretchen Sisson). Contrception 89, no. 5 (2014): 413-418.
Shows that fictional characters do consider and obtain abortions on television and film, in contrast to popular assumptions. These characters have a high death rate, thereby portraying abortion as medically dangerous.
"Beyond Political Claims: Women's Interest in and Emotional Response to Viewing Their Ultrasound Image in Abortion Care" (with Tracy Weitz and Diana Greene Foster). Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (2014).
Shows that women who view their preabortion ultrasound image experience a range of emotional responses to viewing, including no emotional response, negative responses, and positive responses – in contrast to popular assumptions that viewing is always traumatizing. Gestational age does not predict a negative emotional response to viewing.
"Relationship between Ultrasound Viewing and Proceeding to Abortion" (with Mary Gatter, Diana Greene Foster, Tracy Weitz, and Ushma Upadhyay). Obstetrics & Gynecology 123, no. 1 (2014): 81-87.
Demonstrates that voluntary viewing of the preabortion ultrasound image does not change women’s minds about choosing abortion.
"(Mis)Understanding Abortion Regret." Symbolic Interaction 35, no. 2 (2012): 105-122.
Shows that women who experience post-abortion emotional difficulty (sometimes called “regret”) do so because of the complicated contexts of their lives – including romantic relationship loss, lack of social support, and attachment to the pregnancy – rather than because of the physical abortion procedure.