The Project SANA team has two new publications.
The Project SANA team has two new publications. “The economic context of pursuing online medication abortion in the United States,” available in SSM: Qualitative Research in Health, examines how financial circumstances shape alternate pathways to abortion care when clinics are out of reach. Using in-depth interviews, the authors find that the cost of in-clinic care exacerbated by restrictive policies negatively impacted clinic access for participants. The study concludes that the availability of affordable telemedicine and policy interventions addressing Medicaid and insurance coverage for abortion would increase abortion access for populations with low incomes.
A second paper, “Factors Associated With Use of an Online Telemedicine Service to Access Self-managed Medical Abortion in the US,” is available in JAMA Network. In this study of over 57,000 individuals in the US, clinic access barriers were the most common reason for accessing self-managed medication abortion. Both distance to an abortion clinic and living below the federal poverty level were associated with higher demand for self-management. State and federal legislation could address these access barriers.