Overview

Access to abortion care, a contitutionally protected method or procedure to end a pregnancy  is essential for the health and well-being of all women, transgender men and nonbinary individuals. While there is a substantial amount of  scientific research supporting both the importance and safety of abortion, many individuals face a myriad of obstacles to obtain this form of  healthcare. 

Further Information

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). “FAQs: Abortion.” ACOG, Questions, https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/induced-abortion.

University of California San Francisco. “Surgical Abortion, First Trimester.” UCSF Health, https://www.ucsfhealth.org/treatments/surgical-abortion-first-trimester.

University of California San Francisco, “Medical Versus Surgical Abortion.”UCSF Health, https://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/medical-versus-surgical-abortion.

Guttmacher Institute, “State Legislation Tracker, Major Developments in Sexual and Reproductive Health”, Guttmacher Institute, 1 August 2021, https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy#.

Guttmacher Institute. “Bans on Specific Abortion Methods After the First Trimester.” State Laws and Policies, 1 August 2021, https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/bans-specific-abortion-methods-used-after-first-trimester.

American Bar Association, Resolution 107A, opposes criminal prosecution of any person having an abortion, or for experiencing a miscarriage, stillbirth, or other pregnancy outcome. See Resolution and Report at: https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/directories/policy/midyear-2021/107a-midyear-2021.pdf.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “Joint Statement on Abortion Access During the COVID-19 Outbreak”, 18 March 2020, https://www.acog.org/news/news-releases/2020/03/joint-statement-on-abortion-access-during-the-covid-19-outbreak.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG),” Statement of Policy, Abortion Policy”, reaffirmed November 2020, https://www.acog.org/clinical-information/policy-and-position-statements/statements-of-policy/2020/abortion-policy.

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research. Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems. 2nd ed., World Health Organization, 2nd edition, 132 p., 2012,  Sexual and reproductive health, https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/publications/unsafe_abortion/9789241548434/en/.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. Download a no-cost copy of the report at: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24950/the-safety-and-quality-of-abortion-care-in-the-united-states

Committee on Reproductive Health Services. Public Report Webinar: The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States. 23 March 2019. Assessing the Safety and Quality of Abortion Care, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsTWN947ahE.

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH). “The Turnaway Study,.” University of San Francisco, (UCSF), https://www.ansirh.org/research/ongoing/turnaway-study.

Bai, Nina. “As More States Restrict Abortions, Research Points to Negative Health Outcomes for Women, Families.” University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), 22 May 2019, https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2019/05/414551/more-states-restrict-abortions-research-points-negative-health-outcomes-women.

Rocca, Corinne H.,  et al., Social Science & Medicine, Emotions and Decision Rightness over Five Years: An Examination of Decision Difficulty and Abortion Stigma, Social Science & Medicine, Volume 248, March 2020, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112704.

American Psychological Association, Abortion and Mental Health, June 2018, https://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/abortion.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk, Committee Opinion, No. 434, June 2009, https://www.acog.org/clinical/clinical-guidance/committee-opinion/articles/2009/06/induced-abortion-and-breast-cancer-risk.

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