Access to Family Planning and Induced Abortion

  • Julie Chor
  • Ashley Dyer
  • Bryna Harwood


Providing women with access to family planning – including contraception and abortion – is essential for primary prevention of maternal and infant morbidity and mortality. Given the relationship between unintended and unwanted pregnancies and adverse pregnancy outcomes, when women can safely avoid unintended pregnancies and unwanted births, maternal as well as infant morbidity and mortality is reduced (Mohllajee, Curtis, Morrow, & Marchbanks, 2007). Furthermore, because women of color bear a disproportionate burden of unintended pregnancy and maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, reducing rates of unintended pregnancy and increasing the proportion of pregnancies that are planned and wanted has potential to play a significant role in reducing racial/ethnic disparities in reproductive and perinatal outcomes (Berg, Chang, Callaghan, & Whitehead, 2003; Finer & Henshaw, 2006; Geller, Cox, Callaghan, & Berg, 2006; Jones, Darroch, & Henshaw, 2002).


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  1. 1.College of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

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