Abortion decision-making

A strand of my research agenda also focuses on abortion trajectories and disparities in the ability to access comprehensive abortion care. Access to legal abortion is essential for reproductive health, but legal barriers remain throughout most of Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. My work on abortion uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore the barriers women face to safe and legal abortion. This vein of my research includes using routine administrative data from Mexico City (where abortion was legalized in 2007) to examine comparing abortion seekers who come from outside Mexico City to Mexico City residents, finding vast inequities in access to safe and legal abortion services by place of residence and socioeconomic status. I also have conducted ethnographic research in Burkina Faso on the concept of abortion trajectories, examining the various actors and stages involved in abortion decision-making and finding that interpersonal relationships are a crucial and under-appreciated factor in abortion decision-making. Finally, I have used formal decision analysis tools to examine abortion access in Argentina, focusing on misoprostol safer abortion hotlines.