Transgender abortion patients and the provision of transgender-specific care at non-hospital facilities that provide abortions

Rachel K. Jones, Guttmacher Institute Elizabeth Witwer, Guttmacher Institute Jenna Jerman, Guttmacher Institute

First published on Contraception: X:

| DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conx.2020.100019
Abstract / Summary

Objective
To estimate the number of transgender and gender non-binary (TGNB) individuals who obtained abortions in the United States and the extent to which abortion facilities offer transgender-specific health services.

Study design
We collected survey data from all known health care facilities that provided abortions in 2017. For the first time, the questionnaire included items about TGNB abortion patients and services.

Results
We estimate that 462 to 530 TGNB individuals obtained abortions in 2017 and that 23% of clinics provide transgender-specific care.

Conclusion
Several hundred abortions were provided to TGNB individuals in 2017, primarily at facilities that did not provide transgender-specific health services.

Implications
Findings from this study support efforts to implement and expand gender-inclusive and affirming care at health care facilities that provide abortion.

Topic

United States

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