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Methods of Alternative Provision (MAP) Study

- back to Novel Abortion Provision Models

The MAP Study aims to better understand demand and interest in three hypothetical new provision models for medication abortion access: 1) obtaining abortion pills on prescription in advance from a provider in case of an unintended pregnancy; 2) ordering abortion pills online; and 3) purchasing medication abortion pills in a drug store or grocery without prescription.

In 2018, we surveyed and interviewed women about their personal interest in and support of other women accessing medication abortion from alternative sources, and about the perceived advantages and disadvantages of each model. We conducted over 1000 surveys and 30 in-depth interviews with abortion clients in both conservative and liberal policy states. We also posed the same questions about alternative provision models to a national panel of 7,000 women of reproductive age living the United States. Results are forthcoming.

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ANSIRH is a program within the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health and is a part of UCSF's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

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