Brandon L. Crawford, PhD

Assistant Professor of Applied Health Science

Curriculum vitae

Department of Applied Health Science

School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington

Practitioner’s Digest

Journal article

Majel R. Baker, Leanna J. Papp, Brandon L. Crawford, S. McClelland

Semantic Scholar DOI


APA   Click to copy
Baker, M. R., Papp, L. J., Crawford, B. L., & McClelland, S. (2023). Practitioner’s Digest.

Chicago/Turabian   Click to copy
Baker, Majel R., Leanna J. Papp, Brandon L. Crawford, and S. McClelland. “Practitioner’s Digest” (2023).

MLA   Click to copy
Baker, Majel R., et al. Practitioner’s Digest. 2023.

BibTeX   Click to copy

  title = {Practitioner’s Digest},
  year = {2023},
  journal = {},
  author = {Baker, Majel R. and Papp, Leanna J. and Crawford, Brandon L. and McClelland, S.}


Prior to and since the 2022 Dobbs decision, U.S. state laws have endorsed individuals surveilling and punishing those associated with abortion care. This practice presents an urgent need to understand the characteristics of abortion stigma, particularly the perspectives of individuals with stigmatizing beliefs. To examine the concept and characteristics of abortion stigma, we interviewed 55 individuals about whether they thought there should be consequences for getting an abortion and, if so, what the consequences should be. Adults from three states (Michigan, Kansas, and Arizona) were purposively sampled to include a range of abortion identities and levels of religious engage-ment. We used re fl exive thematic analysis to code and interpret the data. Participants imagined consequences including fi nancial penalties, incarceration, and forced ster-ilization. Three themes highlighted how abortion was described as violating the law, women ’ s gender roles, and religious doctrine; accordingly, abortion was imagined as deserving of negative consequences, although abortion was legal in all states during data collection. We argue that these imagined consequences relied on carceral logics and interconnected sexist, racist, and classist stereo-types that re fl ect and reproduce abortion stigma. This study deepens the understanding of abortion stigma from the per-spective of the stigmatizer, underscoring the danger of legislation grounded in stigmatizing beliefs. Online slides for instructors who want to use this article for teaching are available on PWQ ’ s website at http://journals.sagepub. com/doi/suppl/10.1177/03616843221131544.


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