Dr. Donna Joan Harrison is the executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), an organization of approximately 2,500 obstetrician-gynecologists who oppose abortion rights. (By contrast, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has approximately 57,000 members.) She lives in Eau Claire, Michigan.
She received her BS in biochemistry from Michigan State University, her BA in chemistry from Michigan State University, and her MD from University of Michigan. She completed her residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Harrison claims that emergency contraception causes abortion and is harmful. According to the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, however, emergency contraception cannot disrupt an established pregnancy. Rather, it prevents a pregnancy from occurring.
Harrison’s status as a medical professional and an OB-GYN lend credibility to her anti-choice views, and she is often quoted by mainstream media outlets, such as the New York Times, CNN, and NPR as a reliable source on the issues of abortion and contraception.
Harrison served as an expert witness in MKB Management Corp v. Burdick, an unsuccessful constitutional challenge to a 2011 North Dakota law restricting medication abortions.
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