Aiken, Abigail R.A. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • M.D., University of Cambridge
  • B.A., University of Cambridge
Research Areas
  • Reproductive Health
  • Health Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Social Policy

Abigail Aiken is an associate professor at the LBJ School. Her research focuses on unintended pregnancy, evidence-based obstetric practice, and the impacts of laws and policies restricting access to abortion, including how and why people self-manage their own abortions outside the formal health care setting. She is currently the PI on Project SANA, examining self-managed abortion in the United States. She frequently testifies on reproductive health issues, and provided expert testimony to the Irish Parliament on the 2018 abortion referendum. She has consulted for the CDC, WHO and UN on various reproductive policy issues. She completed her M.D. at the University of Cambridge, her MPH at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin.

Aiken's research has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the BMJ, the American Journal of Public Health and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her work has been reported by the Associated Press, Reuters, the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Economist and the Wall Street Journal, among others.

When not in the field conducting research or teaching in the classroom, Aiken can usually be found running on the Town Lake Trail, lifting weights in her garage or playing outdoors with her energetic 18-month-old son and somewhat reluctant cat.


Media MentionJuly 11, 2021
Abortion Pill Controversy Rages On In Texas, US

Medication abortion continues to play a major role as the decades-long battle over reproductive rights rages on in the U.S.

What is the future of medication abortion in the U.S. and Texas? What are the potential implications of coming decisions from the FDA, SCOTUS and the Texas Legislature?

Is telemedicine a safe, effective way to secure the pills necessary to terminate a pregnancy? If so, why does this issue continued to be mired in controversy?

Abigail Aiken joins the Source on TPR. 

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NewsMay 25, 2021
Study: Women say cost, privacy and distance influence decision to pursue self-managed medication abortions

A study released today in the journal JAMA Network Open documents the reasons American women report for pursuing self-managed medication abortions to terminate pregnancies.

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Media MentionApril 13, 2021
Why abortion pills are the next frontier in the battle over reproductive rights

The Biden administration is removing restrictions on mailing abortion pills during the COVID-19 pandemic, a reversal from the Trump administration's policy that marks a new phase in the national debate over abortion rights.

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