For five years, a team of researchers asked women about their experience after having—or not having—an abortion. What do their answers tell us?
By Margaret Talbot
July 7, 2020
There is a kind of social experiment you might think of as a What if? study. It would start with people who are similar in certain basic demographic ways and who are standing at the same significant fork in the road. Researchers could not assign participants to take one path or another—that would be wildly unethical. But let’s say that some more or less arbitrary rule in the world did the assigning for them. In such circumstances, researchers could follow the resulting two groups of people over time, sliding-doors style, to see how their lives panned out differently. It would be like speculative fiction, only true, and with statistical significance.
A remarkable piece of research called the Turnaway Study, which began in 2007, is essentially that sort of experiment.
New research calls for relaxation of abortion
care laws in Britain and the USA
29 June, 2020
Experts from The University of Manchester and The University of Bristol are
calling for permanent laws allowing so-called ‘pills by post’ abortion services
to be enacted in Great Britain and the USA, in order to address barriers to
care highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.
Measures taken in response to the pandemic
have had an unprecedented impact on people’s daily lives, and their access to
healthcare – the lockdown has caused clinics to close due to a lack of staff,
childcare and public transport to be less available, and has made people more
reluctant to visit healthcare settings.
Mobile phone among women linked to higher
Access to mobile phones is associated with
multiple indicators linked to global social development, such as good health,
gender equality, and poverty reduction, said the study.
Published: 26th Jun 2020
Mobile phone use among women is associated with increased use of contraception,
lower gender inequality, and lower maternal and child mortality, according to a
new study which covered 209 countries.
The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of the
Sciences, showed that giving women access to information they otherwise would
not have, mobile phones are transforming lives.
What Does a New 10-Year Study Teach Us About What We Talk About When We Talk About Abortion?
By Diana Greene Foster
June 23, 2020
About 10 years ago, I was at a gathering of mothers whose children went to the same day care as my kids. A new mom had joined the group, and someone pointed at me and said, “That woman studies abortion.” From across the room, I heard her reply, “I don’t know how anyone could kill their baby.” Then, silence. Everyone had heard this comment, but nobody wanted to engage.
When that mom left the gathering, maybe half an hour later, the stories poured out. One woman told us she had had an abortion in high school, and she felt so grateful for it because it allowed her to have two intended pregnancies as an adult.
Three-in-ten or more Democrats and Republicans don’t agree with their party on abortion
June 18, 2020
By Jeff Diamant
When it comes to abortion, members of Congress are starkly divided by party. Almost all Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives stand with their party in support of abortion rights, while almost all Republicans reflect their party’s position against abortion rights.
Yet the partisan divide among Americans themselves is less stark, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey. As is true on many other political issues, sizable minorities of Republicans and Democrats say they do not agree with the dominant position on abortion of the party they identify with or lean toward. And within each partisan coalition, some groups are less likely than others to agree with their party on abortion.
COVID-19 compromised access to 1.85 million abortions: Study
8 June 2020
Abortion access to around 1.85 million women was compromised across the country due to the nationwide restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a study conducted by Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) revealed.
These abortions were compromised at all points of care, including public and private sector facilities and chemist outlets during 68-day lockdown and the first week of Unlock 0.1 period.The study assesses the near-term impact of COVID-19 on abortion access in India since March 25 when the lockdown was imposed across the country with the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of novel coronavirus of COVID-19 pandemic.
Ob-Gyn teaching hospitals often restrict abortion beyond state law
May 31, 2020
Bixby Centre for Global Reproductive Health
Many women, especially those with complex medical needs, often rely on hospital-based abortions. Obstetrics and gynecology residency programs are required to provide access to abortion training but graduates frequently report that hospital policies interfere with their training. These facility-level abortion restrictions can affect both patient care and clinician instruction in teaching hospital settings.
ANSIRH researchers conducted a national survey of 169 OB-GYN teaching hospitals and found that the majority (57%) of residency training program directors reported that their facility had some sort of written or unwritten policy that restricted abortion provision beyond what their state law allowed.
Google search data reveals American’s concerns about abortion
By Kara Manke
May 21, 2020
Residents of states with limited access to contraceptives and high rates of unplanned pregnancies are more likely to turn to the internet for information about abortion. These are the findings of a new study of Google search data across all 50 states by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.
The results suggest that policies that limit access to birth control — such as the Title X gag rule, which restricts federal funding from clinics that provide birth control if they also provide abortion information or referrals — lead people to seek out family planning information online.
No-Test Medication Abortion Increases Safety and Access During COVID-19
A new study proposes an innovative, no-test medication abortion protocol that would enable clinicians to safely administer medication abortion to patients without any preliminary tests or in-person encounters
by Carrie N. Baker
Imagine a world where women could access safe and supported abortion health care without ever leaving their homes. In this world, after a phone call or video conference with a health care professional, women could receive the abortion pill in the mail, which they could take safely in the privacy of their own homes under the supervision of a clinician.
No invasive, time-consuming pelvic exams or blood tests. No state-mandated ultrasounds or waiting periods requiring multiple visits. No walking past lines of screaming anti-abortion protesters. No driving long distances, having to find and pay for child care, or taking time off from work. No exposure to COVID-19.
Estimates of the Potential Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
By Taylor Riley, Elizabeth Sully, Zara Ahmed and Ann Biddlecom
April 16, 2020
Researchers at the Guttmacher Institute used data from 132 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)—covering 1.6 billion women of reproductive age (15–49)—to estimate how sexual and reproductive health outcomes could change following only a modest decline of 10% in access to care. This includes theorizing a decline in access to contraceptives and abortion among other scenarios.
The implications are staggering in terms of the number of people whose needs would be left unserved, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions and maternal and newborn deaths.