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 connect with a small, diverse group of foreign-born individuals who have sought an abortion in the United States in the past 2 years 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. We also want to gather information about the experience of foreign-born individuals who have sought or obtained contraceptives services.

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. For sharing their stories with us, individuals who participate in the study will receive a $40 gift card of their choice for Amazon, Starbucks, or Target.

How is the study being conducted?

This study will gather information on the abortion-seeking experiences of foreign-born individuals through phone interviews and through an online demographic survey. Interviews will last 1-1.5 hours and can be done in either English or Spanish. No personally identifying information will be collected during the interview. After the interview, individuals will receive a link to complete a short online demographic survey and at the end of the survey, they can choose which gift card they would like to receive.

Who can participate in the study?

Individuals must:

  • Have been born outside of the United States
  • Currently live in the United States
  • Have sought an abortion in the United States within the past 2 years (regardless of whether you obtained an abortion or not)
  • Speak English or Spanish

I'm interested in participating! What are the next steps?

If you’re interested in participating in a phone interview, please fill out this brief questionnaire. If you are eligible, you will view a form that tells you about your rights as a research participant. You will be asked to electronically agree to participate in the study. You will then be asked to fill out a short demographic questionnaire and can select your gift card preference at the end of the questionnaire. The questionnaire should take about 5 minutes to fill out. If selected, we will email you to schedule a phone interview.

Other questions?

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