Dr. John Mercer Thorp, Jr. is a Hugh McAllister Distinguished Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, as well as professor of the department of maternal and child health at UNC’s School of Public Health. He is the medical director of Horizons, a UNC program that serves pregnant women struggling with substance abuse. He also serves as the deputy director of UNC’s Center for Women’s Health Research, where he has conducted research on fetal development and the health effects of induced abortion on women’s psychological and physical health. Additionally, he is the division director of UNC’s Women’s Primary Healthcare, which is part of the university’s department of obstetrics and gynecology, and program director and research core co-director of the Women’s Reproductive Health Research Scholars Program.
He received his BA in zoology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1979 and his MD from East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine in 1983. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 1987, and has been Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology since 1991 with a subspecialty in maternal-fetal medicine since 1992.
He contends that it is necessary for abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges in order to protect patients, but the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Medical Association say there is “simply no medical basis to impose a local admitting privileges requirement on abortion providers.”
Dr. Thorp has been consulted or testified in multiple abortion restriction lawsuits, including:
- Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Strange (formerly Planned Parenthood v. Bentley), the lawsuit challenging Alabama’s admitting privileges law (HB 57);
- Jackson Women’s Health Organization v. Currier, the lawsuit challenging Mississippi’s admitting privileges law (HB 1390);
- Planned Parenthood v. Van Hollen, the lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s admitting privileges law (SB 206); and
- MKB Management v. Stenehjem (formerly MKB Management v. Burdick), the lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s heartbeat ban (HB 1456).
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- Mississippi Admitting Privileges Bill (HB 1390)
- Alabama TRAP Law (HB 57)
- Wisconsin Ultrasound/Admitting Privileges Bill (SB 206)
- North Dakota Human Heartbeat Protection Act (HB 1456)
- Jackson Women's Health Organization v. Currier (2012)
- Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Strange
- Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin v. Van Hollen
- MKB Management, Corp. v. Burdick II