The Abortion Clinical Research Network (the Network) works collaboratively with researchers, abortion providers, partners, and patients to answer pressing clinical questions to improve abortion quality, safety, efficiency, and access.

Sites: The Network includes more than 70 sites representing independent clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, and academic centers.

Network studies: Our second study, Family planning visits during the COVID-19 pandemic is documenting practice changes in abortion and contraception care as the pandemic unfolds. Further information about the study and our findings can be found here.

Our first study, Biomarkers of gestational age, sought to identify unique markers in maternal serum that could be used to confirm gestational age. Further information about that study can be found here.

Technical assistance: Technical assistance is provided to all Network sites to support developing and expanding a research program. Examples of technical assistance include personalized support working with IRBs, successfully integrating research into clinic flow, and making research a positive addition to the clinic for patients, staff, and management.

Oversight: The Network is overseen by the Clinical Affairs Committee.

Interested in joining the Network? Please send an email to

Questions about the Network can be directed to

Abortion Clinical Research Network flow chart