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Research study

Tennessee’s Multiple Simultaneous Restrictions

- back to the Evaluation of Abortion Restrictions Project

Background

In July 2015, changes to the Tennessee constitution opened the door for abortion restrictions that had previously been prohibited. On July 1, 2015, the state enacted a mandated information requirement and a 48-hour waiting period, resulting in a two-visit requirement. A law requiring that all abortion providers conducting 50+ abortions per year be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers was also enacted.

By studying Tennessee as abortion becomes increasingly restricted, we hope to elucidate the cumulative effect of many restrictions on women’s access and experiences with abortion. Additionally, Tennessee has historically served as an access point to abortion among residents of neighboring states with more restrictive policies. This study will examine the impact of restrictions on women seeking care who are residents and non-residents of the state.

Objective

To understand the cumulative impact over time of several new abortion restrictions on women’s access to abortion care in Tennessee.

Study design

Research staff make monthly telephone calls to abortion providers to collect real-time data on services offered (medication, aspiration, etc.), cost, number of days to first available appointment, and visit logistics (e.g., waiting period, two-visit requirement).

Key findings

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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