A rapid increase in legislation restricting access to clinical abortion services in the United States has sparked renewed interest in self-managed abortion as a response to clinic access barriers. At the same time, rising interest in self-care and the role of the internet as a go-to source of goods and services raises the possibility that self-managed medication abortion may also be a preference over clinical services.
Through five specific aims fulfilled by an innovative mixed-methods research design, our project seeks to provide a contemporary portrait of the “who, what, and why” of interest in self-managed abortion in the U.S.
Targeting three gaps in current knowledge, we focus on:
1. Reasons why people consider medication self-management
2. Variation in knowledge, perspectives, and interest in medication self-management
3. Interest in medication self-management via the internet
By significantly advancing current knowledge of self-managed medication abortion in the U.S., the expected outcomes of the project are to:
1. Equip clinicians with the tools to reduce the risks that may accompany medication self-management and to improve clinical service delivery
2. Inform the public conversation around medication self-management
3. Produce an evidence base that can influence policy conversations about self-managed medication abortion in a positive and constructive way.