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Issue briefs

Abortion

Meckstroth KR
Kerns JL
Distance traveled for abortion and source of care after abortion in California’s Medicaid Program. August 2017.

This is the first study to examine the relationship between distance traveled for abortion and where women seek any potential follow-up care. By analyzing data from 39,747 abortions covered by Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, in 2011 and 2012, researchers found that women who traveled 100 miles or more for an abortion were more than twice as likely as women traveling 25 miles or fewer to seek any potential subsequent care at an emergency department.

Turnaway Study annotated bibliography. April 2017.

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.

Hossain A
Moseson H
Gerdts C
Biswas KK
Effects of being denied safe MR in Bangladesh. October 2016.

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.

Impact of Ohio’s law mandating use of the FDA-approved protocol for medication abortion. August 2016.

In 2011, an Ohio law took effect mandating the use of an outdated Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved protocol for medication abortion.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.

Safety and effectiveness of first-trimester medication abortion in the United States. August 2016.

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.

Hajri S
Gerdts C
Baum SE
La Recherche en Santé Reproductive: le briefing. April 2016.

Des opportunités  existent à améliorer l’accès aux services d’avortement.

Turok DK
Belusa E
Combellick S
Women’s experiences with a 72-hour waiting period for abortion. March 2016.

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.

Harries J
Momberg M
Gerdts C
Denial of legal abortion in South Africa. March 2016.

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.

Puri M
Vohra D
Gerdts C
Effects of being denied legal abortion in Nepal. November 2015.

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.

Safety of abortion in the United States. December 2014.

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. 

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