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Abigail Rosemary Anne Aiken

Associate Professor of Public Policy, The University of Texas at Austin

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Research areas: Reproductive health & health policy. Her current work focuses on examining people's experiences obtaining self-managed abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system.


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

  • Kathleen Broussard

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Opinion: "The Next Normal: The Future of Medication Abortion Is at Home," Abigail Rosemary Anne Aiken, 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.