San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Dr. Freedman is a sociologist and a Greenwall Faculty Scholar at Advancing New Standards In Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UCSF. She also teaches in the School of Public Health at University of California, Berkeley. She received her BA at the University of Oregon and her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Freedman investigates the ways in which reproductive health care is shaped by our social structure and medical culture. Her book, Willing and Unable: Doctors’ Constraints in Abortion Care, is a qualitative study of the challenges to integrating abortion into physician practice. Unexpected findings from those physician interviews led her to research and write about the intersection of religion and health care, especially in the case of Catholic-owned hospitals.