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 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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