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Riley, Godfrey, and Colleagues Evaluate Abortion Provision and Delays to Care After Dobbs

Posted: 6/7/2024 (CSDE Research)

CSDE Trainee Taylor Riley (Epidemiology) and CSDE Affiliate Emily Godfrey (Family Medicine) released research with co-authors in JAMA Network Open, titled “Abortion Provision and Delays to Care in a Clinic Network in Washington State After Dobbs“. The Supreme Court decision Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization (Dobbs) overturned federal protections to abortion care and altered the reproductive health care landscape. Thus far, aggregated state-level data reveal increases in the number of abortions in states where abortion is still legal, but there is limited information on delays to care and changes in the characteristics of people accessing abortion in these states after Dobbs. This study sought to examine changes in abortion provision and delays to care in Washington after Dobbs using an interrupted time series design. Findings reveal more in-state and out-of-state people are receiving abortion care after Dobbs, but are doing so approximately a week later in gestation on average.