When Basic Information is Not Enough: The Case for Expanding Ireland’s Abortion Helpline

By Dr Lorraine Grimes, Aideen O’Shaughnessy, Dr. Rachel Roth, Anna Carnegie and Dr Deirdre Duffy In 2018, the people of Ireland voted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish Constitution, lifting the ban on abortion. This made way for legislation, and legal abortion became available from January 2019.  An information and support helpline called […]

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Abortion Bereavement Leave is Part of Abortion Care

By Dr Nathan Hodson Last week, changes to the bereavement policy for employees at the City of Portland, Oregon, emerged. Under the new bereavement leave policy, employees of the city government are eligible for bereavement leave following pregnancy loss, and pregnancy loss is defined broadly to include termination of pregnancy. This reflects a striking evolution […]

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The indirect costs of the pandemic: disruption to contraception services and rise in unplanned pregnancies in the UK

 By Dr Neerujah Balachandren and Dr Jennifer Hall One year into the pandemic, the U.N. Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency (UNFPA) estimated 12 million women in low and middle-income countries may have been unable to access family planning services. 1 It has been estimated that as many as 1.4 million unplanned pregnancies may have occurred […]

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“As the COVID-19 pandemic shifts the architecture of choice in abortion care, we must continue to accommodate patient preferences.”

By Rebecca Blaylock and Dr Shelly Makleff Our new research1 shows what factors contribute to shaping people’s preferences for the sort of abortion they want. For example, patients may be influenced by a previous good abortion experience they hope to emulate again, they may be worried about privacy issues in shared housing, or they might […]

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US abortion rights under attack: before, during, and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

By Malia Maier, Goleen Samari, and Terry McGovern In 1973, in Roe v. Wade, the United States (US) Supreme Court affirmed that access to safe and legal abortion is a constitutional right. However, abortion rights in the US have since been under fierce attack. In the 48 years since Roe, state legislatures have enacted 1,320 […]

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Crisis Pregnant Centers Are Not Essential Healthcare, Yet Stayed Open As COVID-19 Spread in the U.S.

By Jenifer McKenna, Tara Murtha, Kim C. Clark, Christy L. Hall, Wendy Lee Basgall, Amy C. Poyer and Laura E. Dodge In March 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly spread across the United States, a singular question emerged: What are essential services? The answer to this critical question shaped COVID-19 response efforts and the trajectory […]

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L’IVG par téléconsultation en France : les motivations pendant et au-delà de la pandémie du COVID-19

Par Hazal Atay La crise sanitaire de COVID-19 a révélé de nombreux défis concernant l’accès aux services d’interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG). Dans le contexte de la pandémie, les politiques publiques d’IVG en France ont changé à de nombreuses reprises. En avril 2020, la France a autorisé l’IVG par téléconsultation jusqu’à 7 semaines de grossesse […]

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Telemedicine abortion in France: Drivers during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic

By Hazal Atay The COVID-19 outbreak has posed significant challenges for the provision of abortion care. In the context of the pandemic, national abortion guidelines in France have changed several times. In April 2020, France allowed at-home medical abortion via teleconsultation until 7 weeks of pregnancy (9 weeks of amenorrhea). This measure was adopted in […]

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