In the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic, thousands of Americans sought out pills to end pregnancies on their own — without the help of an abortion clinic. LBJ's Abigail Aiken talks with VICE about the findings of the study on which she was lead researcher that found a 27 percent increase in the rate of requests for the pills from Aid Access, an organization that ships abortion-inducing pills across the United States.
- Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Texas at Austin
- MPH, Harvard University
- M.D., University of Cambridge
- B.A., University of Cambridge
- Reproductive Health
- Health Policy
- Social Policy
Abigail R.A. Aiken held postdoctoral and lecturer positions at the Office of Population Research and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University before joining The University of Texas in 2016. She is currently an assistant professor of public affairs at the LBJ School and a faculty associate at the Population Research Center. Her research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health.
Dr. Aiken's current projects include: examining women's experiences obtaining self-sourced abortion in contexts where legislative barriers prevent access to safe, legal abortion through the health care system; evaluating programs and policies designed to increase access to contraception in the postpartum and postabortion setting; and investigating the determinants and impacts of unintended pregnancies through a health equity and reproductive justice framework.
Her work has recently been published in the BMJ, The New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science & Medicine, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Contraception and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.
- Requests for Abortion in Latin America Related to Concern About Zika Virus Exposure
- High Hopes versus Harsh Realities: The Population Impact of Emergency Contraceptive Pills
- Family Planning Policy in the United States: The Converging Politics of Abortion and Contraception
- Weekend working: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes in a Large NHS Delivery Unit
- Barriers to Postpartum Contraception in Texas and Pregnancy within Two Years of Delivery
- Fall 2020 - 59040 - PA 388K – Advanced Topics in Public Policy
- Spring 2020 - 58690 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Fall 2018 - 61080 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Fall 2017 - 60910 - PA 388K – Advanced Topics in Public Policy
- Spring 2017 - 61433 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
- Fall 2016 - 60740 - PA388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy