Published February 14, 2018
Congratulations to Associate Professor Gretchen Ely, PhD student Travis Hales, Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bowen, Research Scientist Eugene Maguin and colleague on the publication of their article, "A trauma-informed examination of the hardships experienced by abortion fund patients in the United States."
Ely, G. E., Hales, T.W., Jackson, D. L., Bowen, E. A., Maguin, E. & Hamilton, G. (2017). A trauma-informed examination of the hardships experienced by abortion fund patients. Health Care for Women International.
Researchers describe hardships experienced by abortion patients, examining administrative health cases from 2010 to 2015 in the United States. All patients received financial assistance from an abortion fund to help pay for abortion. Case data were analyzed to assess types and numbers of hardships experienced by age, race, and geographic origin. Hardships ranged from homelessness to parenting multiple children. Patients from the geographic South experienced the most hardships, followed by those from the Midwest. Hardships experienced by abortion fund patients are like those reported in other samples of abortion patients; hardships potentially cause or exacerbate trauma. Results are discussed in the context of a trauma-informed perspective.