COVID‐19 Abortion Bans and Their Implications for Public Health

Rachel K. Jones, Guttmacher Institute Laura D. Lindberg, Rutgers School of Public Health Elizabeth Witwer, Guttmacher Institute

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| DOI: https://doi.org/10.1363/psrh.12139
Abstract / Summary

The American Public Health Association (APHA) has long recognized that access to abortion is a fundamental right and an important component of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care. However, under the guise of trying to protect the U.S. public during the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of states have called this right into question. Some politicians have attempted to exploit the current public health crisis to further prohibit or limit access to abortion care, claiming that it is nonessential and that medical resources and personal protective equipment (PPE) need to be redirected to other medical needs and procedures.

Author's Affiliations

Rachel K. Jones and Laura Lindberg are principal research scientists, and Elizabeth Witwer is research associate, all at the Guttmacher Institute, New York.


The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Guttmacher Institute.