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.

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.


Media MentionOctober 13, 2020
Now Available: Abortion by Mail

A federal judge removes a ‘substantial obstacle’ to accessing abortion during the pandemic. Dr. Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin who researches medication abortion access in the U.S. (among other countries), believes that the ability to access abortion by mail would dramatically increase access overall, and afford patients privacy and autonomy in a way that the current FDA restrictions do not.

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Media MentionSeptember 29, 2020
The First Abortion Case Before a Post-Ginsburg Supreme Court

The first abortion case that the Supreme Court will consider after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg isn’t likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, but it could severely curtail access to safe, effective, early abortion during the pandemic. It would also clearly signal that the Court is willing to upend its own previous jurisprudence holding that laws and regulations cannot place an undue burden on those who are seeking abortions. Abigail R. A.

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Media MentionSeptember 26, 2020
How the pandemic has affected abortion rules around the world

Before the pandemic, women in England, Wales and Scotland could visit a clinic for a consultation and for medically induced abortions, there or at home. Under emergency legislation in late March, in force for the next two years, the same service can now be provided entirely online.

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