The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s ground-breaking longitudinal study examining the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. This brief provides both an introduction to the study and an annotated bibliography.
Many women who are denied menstrual regulation services go on to seek unsafe abortion: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services.
In 2011, an Ohio law took effect mandating the use of an outdated Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved protocol for medication abortion. ANSIRH researchers found that women who had medication abortions after the law were three times more likely to require additional medical treatments to complete the abortion. The law change in Ohio restricted medical practice to a protocol that did not result in improved health outcomes for women.
Since mifepristone was first approved in 2000, state legislatures have passed a number of laws that restrict access to medication abortion. Medication abortion, however, is both extremely safe and highly effective. This brief reviews research findings on medication abortion safety and effectiveness, and on guidelines for provision of medication abortion, including via telemedicine and by advanced practice clinicians.
Des opportunités existent à améliorer l’accès aux services d’avortement.
This brief summarizes our study in Utah on 72-hour waiting periods, which examined women’s decision-making, costs associated with each visit, actual wait times between the information visit and the abortion, and, through follow-up interviews, captures the voices of some of the 500 women who took part in the study identifying the hardest part of waiting and of making two visits.
Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in South Africa.
Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in Nepal.
Using billing data from California's state Medicaid program, ANSIRH researchers were able to analyze data for nearly 55,000 abortions, including all health care for up to six weeks after the abortion at any clinical site, including emergency rooms and hospitals. The results indicate that abortion is extremely safe, with less than a third the complications of wisdom tooth extraction.
This brief summarizes data on who seeks later abortions and why, as well as the the causes of delay in seeking an abortion. It draws on research conducted by ANSIRH in 2013 and provides a bibliography of other research.