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Abigail R.A. Aiken

Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin

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About Abigail

Aiken's research focuses on reproductive health, drawing on perspectives from across multiple disciplines. She is trained in clinical medicine, public health, demography, and public affairs. Her current research projects include examining women's experiences obtaining safe abortion in contexts where access is restricted and evaluating programs and policies affecting access to contraception.


New Research on U.S. Women Who Seek Abortion Care Online

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"The Next Normal: The Future of Medication Abortion Is at Home," Abigail R.A. Aiken, Outlook - Perspective, The Washington Post, October 29, 2021.


"Experiences of Women in Ireland Who Accessed Abortion by Traveling Abroad or by Using Abortion Medication at Home: A Qualitative Study" (with Kathleen Broussard, Dana M. Johnson, and Elisa Padron). (2018).

Examines the impact of Ireland's restrictive abortion laws on women's options for accessing abortion, their decision-making regarding which pathway to follow, and their experiences with their chosen approach.

"Self Reported Outcomes and Adverse Events after Medical Abortion through Online Telemedicine: Population Based Study in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland" (with Irena Digol, James Trussel, and Rebecca Gomperts). BMJ 357 (2017).

Assess self-reported outcomes and adverse events after self-sourced medical abortion through online telemedicine.

"Requests for Abortion in Latin America Related to Concern about Zika Virus Exposure" (with Rebecca Gomperts, James Trussell, Marc Worrell, and Catherine E. Aiken). The New England Journal of Medicine 375 (2016): 396-398.

Provides the first evidence that unmet demand for abortion in Latin America was exacerbated in the wake of the Zika virus pandemic. Findings highlight the problems with advising women to avoid pregnancy but providing them with no feasible means of doing so.