A study to understand the experiences of foreign-born abortion seekers

What is the study about?

People seeking abortion care in the United States may run into multiple barriers that delay or prevent them from receiving care, and although we know that foreign-born women obtain abortions at the same frequency as US-born women, we don’t know as much about the abortion seeking experiences of foreign-born individuals. In this study, we want to survey a small, diverse group of foreign-born individuals who have sought an abortion in the United States to understand their experiences. In particular, we are interested in exploring the issues/factors (good or bad) that foreign-born individuals encountered when attempting to access abortion services, and how these factors/issues could differ by age, race, country of origin, and length of time in the US.

Why participate?

We don’t know much about the abortion seeking experiences of foreign-born individuals, so people who are willing to share their stories will help us understand any issues or factors (good or bad) they encountered when trying to access abortion services. Comparing the experiences of people of different backgrounds will also help us see if these factors/issues differ by age, race, country of origin, and length of time in the US. This information could help policies target and address barriers foreign-born individuals face to increase access to abortion. We’d also like to offer participants a free resource guide listing national and local health-related services. A list of local resources are available for the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and St. Paul and Minneapolis. These guides are available here.

How is the study being conducted?

This study will gather information on the abortion-seeking experiences of foreign-born individuals through an online survey. We estimate the survey will take approximately 20 minute to complete. The survey is available in English and Spanish.

Other questions?

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Carmela Zuniga at czuniga@ibisreprodutcivehealth.org.