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Carole Joffe

Carole Joffe

Professor, Sociology
University of California, Davis
Expertise: The Politics of Women's Health

Carole Joffe is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. She is also a Visiting Professor in the Center for Reproductive Health Research and Policy at the U. of California, San Francisco. She is the author of three books, Friendly Intruders: Childcare Professionals and Family Life (1979), The Regulation of Sexuality: Experiences of Family Planning Workers (1984), and Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion Before and After Roe v, Wade (1995), as well as many scholarly articles. She also writes frequently about reproductive health and reproductive politics in such outlets as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Dr. Joffe's current research involves tracking the spread of mifepristone ( also known as "RU-486", or the "abortion pill") within the United States, and noting what impact this may have on attitudes toward abortion both within the medical community and the general public. Dr. Joffe is the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, the William Penn Foundation, and the Open Society Institute. She works closely with many abortion rights groups, and has served on the Boards of the National Abortion Federation, the California Abortion Rights Action League, and the Elizabeth Blackwell Center for Women. She speaks frequently to such organizations as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Medical Students for Choice, Choice USA, and numerous medical audiences.

In 2003, Dr. Joffe was awarded an "Excellence in Education" award from the California chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in recognition of her teaching and research in the area of reproductive rights. In 2004, she won the "Feminist Activist" award given annually by Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS), the major feminist group within American sociology.

LongviewInstitute.Org resources by Carole Joffe:

Sex, Politics and Markets
Markets aren't free when they are constrained by conservative ideology, argue Carole Joffe and Felicia Stewart, M.D.
An Open Letter to Dalton Conley
Recently, Dalton Conley, a professor of sociology at NYU, published a controversial op-ed in the New York Times, arguing that men should have to right to veto a woman's abortion, if he is willing to commit to raising the child that would result from that pregnancy. In this Open Letter, Longview Senior Fellow Carole Joffe spells out the numerous ways in which Conley's proposal is misguided.
Morality and the Abortion Provider
In this editorial, originally published in the journal Contraception, Longview Senior Fellow Carole Joffe addresses the unique perspective on "morality" that she has noted among those who provide abortions. Joffe observes in this group a "moral vision without moralism" that she argues is "the only viable foundation for the humane regulation of sexuality."
Politicizing Birth Control
The Regulation of Sexuality
Roe v. Wade at 30
Carole Joffe describes the current state of abortion provision.
The Religious Right and the Reshaping of Sexual Policy - An Examination of Reproductive Rights and Sexuality Education
News Items
Carole Joffe: Reproductive Regression
An increase in illegal abortions isn't a theoretical outcome of Roe someday being overturned. It's already happening, writes Carole Joffe at
Carole Joffe: The Loneliness of the Abortion Patient
Rather than expressing solidarity with others experiencing unwanted pregnancies, Carole Joffe and Kate Cosby write on, many abortion patients take pains to distinguish themselves as different from other women getting abortions.
News Items
Groveling for Choice: What Good Doctors Will Do
On, Carole Joffe tells the stories of two doctors who, thirty years after Roe, have to beg hospitals to perform abortions on their patients, even in cases of medical necessity.
It's Not Just Abortion, Stupid: Progressives and Abortion
Many progressives are now undergoing a reevaluation of the “costs” of a commitment to abortion rights. Abortion can best be defended if it is framed as one element of a larger platform of sexual and reproductive rights and services. There exists now a powerful opening to expose the hypocrisy of “family values” conservatives who seek to withhold from working Americans virtually all that they need—contraception, meaningful sex education, health care for the uninsured, living wages, affordable childcare, as well as abortion care—to raise healthy families. This piece is reprinted from the Winter 2005 issue of Dissent.

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