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 >

Mandy Coles, MD, MPH, University of Rochester

Purpose: Adolescents are at high risk for unintended pregnancy and abortion. Medication abortion accounts for 21% of early abortions in the US, and is well-tolerated and efficacious among adolescents. The purpose of this study is to understand if providers caring for adolescents have accurate knowledge to counsel on medication abortion. Methods: Using an online questionnaire, ...Read more >

Courtney Schreiber, MD, MPH, University of Pennsylvania

We developed a web-based database to track patients in the Penn Family Planning and Pregnancy Loss Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The patients to identify are individuals coming to our clinic for induced abortion, spontaneous abortion, and contraceptive consultation. The database is almost completed; we anticipate final completion by the end ...Read more >

Patricia Lohr, MD, MPH, BPAS

In the United Kingdom, guidance from the Department of Health and Royal College of Nursing encourages “sensitive disposal” of fetal tissue after pregnancy loss, stating that individuals should be given verbal and written information on their options and the ability to participate in shared decision-making about management of fetal remains. This guidance was developed in ...Read more >

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