SMFM's 41st Annual Pregnancy Meeting

Working together for the global advancement of safe and healthy pregnancies

January 25 - 30, 2021

Evidence-based Recommendations for Doctors Who Communicate About Abortion

Jan. 25, 2021 11am - 3pm

Course Directors:
Lisa Harris, MD, PhD
Clark Johnson, MD, MPH

Course Faculty:
Michelle Debbink, MD, PhD
Amy Simon,

Course Description: 
This session includes an interactive panel presentation, followed by a “hands-on” learning and practice period.  In the panel presentation, faculty will review their research examining the role of physician voices in depolarizing public opinion on abortion.  They will share the background of this work, research methodology and approach, and key research findings, as well as a set of recommendations that can lead to more effective, compassionate and less polarized abortion conversations. The presentation will include a discussion of key psychological dynamics at play when physicians communicate about abortion. Panelists will address topics such as later abortion, answering difficult questions, and how to communicate within organizations and institutions seeking change around abortion care practices.   

The second portion of the session will include “hands-on” practice. Participants will review examples of compelling, real-world media pieces, and break into small groups to evaluate how/why the pieces were effective. Then, participants will be given a communications worksheet and storytelling checklist, to aid in developing their personal voice and narrative about abortion care.  Participants will have an opportunity to share their worksheet stories in small groups.  The session will conclude with final group discussion and Q&A.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the current nature of abortion discourse in the U.S., and the relevant psychological dynamics at play underlying how people change.
  • Understand and reflect upon the unique role of MFM physician voices in changing the current public discourse around abortion, and identify evidence-based practices that MFM physicians can employ when sharing their voice for the purpose of social change.
  • Reflect on the strengths and limitations of example media pieces, written by doctors who provide or support abortion care. 
  • Begin to construct their own personal narrative, based on the recommendations shared.

Course Schedule (All times Eastern Standard Time):
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CME Credits:  3.5

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Global Learning Collaborative (GLC) and SMFM. GLC is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Global Learning Collaborative designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Price: $100.00