The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide through an interrelated program of social science research, public education, and policy analysis. Guttmacher produces regularly updated fact sheets that track laws in the U.S., including: state laws and policies; state facts about abortion, unintended pregnancy, and publicly funded family planning services; mandatory counseling, waiting periods, and Medicaid funding for abortion; restricting insurance coverage of abortion; adolescent sexual and reproductive health; and unintended pregnancy in the U.S.
EDUCATION & RESEARCH
The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s prospective longitudinal study examining the effects of receiving versus being denied a wanted
abortion on pregnant people and their children. The major aim of the study is to describe the mental health, physical health, and socioeconomic consequences of receiving an abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term.
Nearly 1,000 women seeking abortion from 30 facilities around the country participated. Researchers conducted interviews over 5 years and compared the trajectories of the women who received a wanted abortion to those who were turned away because they were past the facility’s gestational age limit. As legislators introduce more and more laws to restrict access to abortion care, it’s important to document what happens to women who are unable to obtain an abortion. It’s essential that data from this study is considered in the ongoing public policy debate.
The Abortion Care Network is the national association for independent community-based, abortion care providers and their allies. While ACN does not perform clinical inspections, they have rigorous standards for applicants to ensure that they fit their core values of honesty, respect for patients and staff, and a commitment to quality care.
Exhale Pro-Voice is a free, after abortion talkline for people who need emotional support after having an abortion. The support is provided by trained counselors, many of whom have had abortions themselves. It is available from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays from 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. Eastern. They can be reached at (866) 439-4253.
Faith Aloud is a free clergy counseling support service offered by All Options that provides spiritual and religious support to people before or after an abortion, and through other pregnancy experiences. Clergy come from many faith backgrounds and are trained to provide this counseling. They can be reached at (888) 717-5010.
The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. NAF member clinics must undergo Quality Assurance and Improvement visits prior to membership and are subjected to further visits by NAF personnel on a regular basis, in addition to inspections by the state licensing agency. NAF members must also adhere to NAF’s clinical standards, including their Ethical Principles for Abortion Care. Patients accessing abortion care at NAF clinics may be eligible for support through NAF.
The National Pro-Choice Adoption Collaborative is a joint venture of two adoption agencies that provide all-options counseling and match prospective birth parents to prospective adoptive families, all in the context of a pro-choice framework that emphasizes the agency and autonomy of the person making the adoption plan.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a federation of over 90 affiliates that operate 850 health centers across the country. In addition to family planning, many of the affiliates provide abortion services within a range of gestational limits. PPFA clinics are subjected to standards set forth by the organization itself to adhere to the highest quality abortion care according to evidence-based practices. Patients seeking abortions at Planned Parenthood affiliates may be eligible for funding through individual clinic resources.
The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is a membership organization of religious groups and clergy dedicated to affirming individual autonomy on reproductive health choices through a religious lens. They offer many resources on abortion and other reproductive health issues that help to place questions about these issues in a religious context.