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in America How Legal Abortion Transformed Our Nation

David Grimes, M.D., FACOG, FACPM

David Grimes M.D.

An internationally renowned abortion scholar, David Grimes has studied, provided, and taught abortions for over four decades. Former Chief of the Abortion Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Grimes and his colleagues helped to chronicle the public health benefits of legal abortion in the U.S. in the early 1970’s and made several key discoveries that improved its safety. Working with the CDC and the World Health Organization, he has conducted abortion research in the U.S. and overseas. Among his contributions are the first two randomized controlled trials in the world comparing medical vs. surgical abortion in the second trimester of pregnancy. He was one of the first U.S. physicians to conduct clinical trials with mifepristone, the drug used for medical abortion. He has published more than 130 articles on abortion in peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and the British Medical Journal. He was an editor of the first two editions of the National Abortion Federation textbook on abortion.

An abortion provider for 42 years, he has helped thousands of women through the abortion process. He has taught scores of residents in obstetrics and gynecology how to perform medical and surgical abortions with safety and compassion.


Dr. Grimes has received numerous awards for his contributions to women’s health and reproductive rights. These include a Commendation Medal from the U.S. Public Health Service, The Christopher Tietze Award from the National Abortion Federation, and the Alan Guttmacher Award from the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals. In 1997, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the U.K He has testified before Congressional and State legislature committees on abortion safety. He has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and has appeared on Donohue Show, Montel Williams, Sally Jesse Rafael, Nightline, and Good Morning America.   



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