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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Acceso universal a servicios de aborto legal y seguro: el eslabón perdido para garantizar los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de mujeres adolescentes en México

Por Biani Saavedra y Blair G. Darney México está conformado por 32 Estados y cada uno establece de manera autónoma sus leyes y reglamentos. El aborto se regula a través de los códigos penales estatales, por lo tanto, el derecho de las mujeres al aborto legal y seguro está sujeto a su lugar de residencia. […]

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Universal access to safe and legal abortion care: the missing link to guarantee the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescent women in Mexico

By Biani Saavedra and Blair G. Darney Mexico is made up of 32 states, each with the autonomy to establish their own laws. Abortion is regulated via state penal codes and thus a woman’s rights to legal and safe abortion is tied to her place of residence. In 2007, Mexico City decriminalized abortion up to […]

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New telemedicine abortion research puts patient voices front and centre

By Louise McCudden ‘Acceptability of no-test medical abortion provided via telemedicine: analysis of patient-reported outcomes’ is the latest in a growing body of evidence highlighting the benefits of telemedicine abortion. This paper by Dr Jonathan Lord, Chelsey Porter and Kathryn Church from MSI Reproductive Choices UK describes not only the clinical benefits but also patient […]

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Abortion Rights in Northern Ireland – Why We Need More Than ‘Paper Rights’

By Naomi Connor ‘Impractical’ was the word that Robin Swann, the Northern Ireland Health Minister, used to describe the inhumane forced travel for women from Northern Ireland (NI) to England in order to seek out abortion care during a pandemic. The stories of pregnant people travelling to England and further afield for abortion care isn’t […]

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