Lori Gawron, MD, MPH, Northwestern University

Background: Over 3% of pregnancies are complicated by a fetal abnormality, of which, approximately 80% are terminated. Despite early screening options, women often present at the cusp of legal limits for termination. Study Design: A qualitative study was conducted with women terminating pregnancies for fetal abnormalities. Semi-structured interviews explored reasons for termination timing. Analysis utilized ...Read more >

Kathleen Morrell, MD, MPH, Columbia University

We conducted a cross-sectional web-based survey of US abortion providers who insert dilators prior to second-trimester dilation and evacuation procedures.  Providers were contacted via electronic mail through relevant professional organizations and in person at national conferences during 2011.  Respondents (n=271) were mostly female (74%), and OBGyn physicians (76%), with a median age of 40 years, ...Read more >

Katherine Damm, MD, The University of Chicago

Background: There is a paucity of research on access to and provision of family planning services in the rural United States, and specifically little attention has been paid to rural adolescents and their family planning needs. Rural women face general and reproductive health care disparities, which have previously been described. Most available family planning data ...Read more >

Anu Kumar, PhD, MPH, Ipas

Background: Abortion stigma is a complex issue, and understanding its manifestation and perpetuation is challenging. However, abortion stigma may have profound social and health consequences for women and it is important for us to better understand it. When faced with unplanned or unhealthy pregnancies, fear of stigma may prevent women from seeking early safe abortions, ...Read more >

Carole Joffe, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

This study is a history of the development and subsequent resurgence of the occupational role of abortion counseling, a role that initially emerged in the early 1970s, before Roe v. Wade. This research is guided, in theoretical terms, by the approach to the study of occupations associated with the Chicago School of Sociology and in ...Read more >

Katrina Kimport, PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Background: The web is an increasingly popular avenue for information gathering and political claims-making. To date, there has been no comprehensive investigation of online content about abortion. Recent research on Internet usage finds that women—and particularly users between 18 and 49, women’s reproductive years—regularly seek health information online, and search for information on abortion in ...Read more >

Gillian Dean, MD, MPH, Planned Parenthood of New York City

Objective: To determine whether manual vacuum aspiration (MVA) or electric vacuum aspiration (EVA) improves physicians’ ability to accurately identify products of conception (POC) in abortions at less than 6 weeks’ gestation. Methods: 498 pregnant women presenting for surgical abortion with mean gestational sac diameter of

Daniel Grossman, MD, Ibis Reproductive Health

In South Africa, abortion is legal for several indications up to 20 weeks gestation, and approximately 25%-30% of all abortions take place in the second trimester. Most public sector second trimester procedures are performed by medical induction with misoprostol alone, although in the Western Cape Province, a team of roving doctors provides dilation and evacuation. ...Read more >

Dilys Walker, MD, Instituto Nacional se Salud Publica

Introduction: In 2006, Mexico’s annual abortion rate was 33 per 1000 women of reproductive age. Complications from unsafe abortions account for 8-11% of maternal deaths, and unsafe abortion is the fourth cause of maternal mortality. Access to safe abortion services continues to be restricted throughout the majority of Mexico and laws vary among the 32 ...Read more >

Lisa Harris, MD, PhD, University of Michigan

Our goal is to strengthen human resources for abortion care. In this study we test hypotheses generated in our pilot study of the Providers Share workshop. Providers Share is a supportive group intervention in which participants use discussion, journaling, and artwork to share experiences of abortion work and its impact on emotional lives and relationships. ...Read more >