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 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. Her 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.


Media MentionMarch 4, 2020
Here’s what’s at stake if Supreme Court upholds Louisiana abortion law

LBJ School Professor Abigail Aiken talks with News Parliament to put into perspective the stakes for women if the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a law in Louisiana that would place additional regulations on clinics that provide abortions. 

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Media MentionJanuary 30, 2020
Self-Managed abortions can be some patients' best option

In an article assessing the growth in popularity of self-managed abortion care, LBJ Professor Abigail Aiken discussed what she found in her research about the safety, efficacy and privacy of medical abortions. 

“'I don't think there'll ever be one type of abortion care that's right for everybody,' she says. 'We'll always have a spectrum of what people want. There's something uplifting about the idea of people thinking about it as a preference.'"

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NewsOctober 17, 2019
Requests for online abortion medication are highest in states with restrictive abortion policy climates

Demand for abortion medication through online telemedicine in the United States varies by state policy context, according to new peer-reviewed research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin published in the American Journal of Public Health.

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