Rachel Jones, Principal Research Scientist
Rachel Jones has worked at the Guttmacher Institute since July 1999. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Tulane University, where she studied gender, family and inequality. Her work at the Guttmacher Institute has focused on abortion, contraceptive use and adolescent sexual health in the United States. In 2013 she oversaw a national survey of all known abortion providers in the United States, the findings of which are summarized in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Women’s Health Issues. She has also published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Journal of Adolescent Health, Social Forces and Sociological Inquiry. Dr. Jones is currently fielding a national survey of abortion patients.
Recent Publications Include:
Jones RK et al., Using longitudinal data to understand changes in consistent contraceptive use, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2015, 47(3).
Sonfield A et al., The impact of the federal contraceptive coverage guarantee on out-of-pocket payments for contraceptives: 2014 update, Contraception, 2014, 91(1):44-48.
Jerman J and Jones RK, Secondary measures of access to abortion services in the United States, 2011 and 2012: gestational age limits, cost, and harassment, Women's Health Issues, 2014, 24(4): e419-e424.
Jones RK, Lindberg LD and Higgins JA, Pull and pray or extra protection? Contraceptive strategies involving withdrawal among US adult women, Contraception, 2014, 90(4): 416-421.
Jones RK and Jerman J, Abortion incidence and service availability in the United States, 2011, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2014, 46(1): 3-14.
Finer LB, Sonfield A and Jones RK, Changes in out-of-pocket payments for contraception by privately insured women during implementation of the federal contraceptive coverage requirement, Contraception, 2014, 89(2): 97-102.
Upadhyay UD et al., Denial of abortion due to gestational age limits in the United States, American Journal of Public Health, 2013, e1-e8.
Jones RK and Jerman J, How far did US women travel for abortion services in 2008?, Journal of Women's Health, 2013, 22(8): 706-713.
Jones RK, Upadhyay UD and Weitz TA, At what cost?: Payment for abortion care by U.S. women, Women's Health Issues, 2013, 23(3): e173-e178.
Jones RK, Frohwirth L and Moore AM, More than poverty: disruptive events among women having abortions in the USA, Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 2012, 39: 36-43.
Jones RK and Finer LB, So, who has second-trimester abortions?, Conscience, 2012, 33(1):22-23.
Jones RK and Finer LB, Who has second-trimester abortions in the United States?, Contraception, 2012, 85(6):544-551.
Jones RK and Biddlecom AE, Exposure to and views of information about sexual abstinence among older teens, American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2011, 6(4):381-395.
Jones RK, Beyond Birth Control: The Overlooked Benefits of Oral Contraceptive Pills, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.
Jones RK and Kavanaugh ML, Changes in abortion rates between 2000 and 2008 and lifetime incidence of abortion, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2011, 117(6):1358-1366.
Kavanaugh ML, Jones RK and Finer LB, Perceived and insurance-related barriers to the provision of contraceptive services in U.S. abortion care settings, Women's Health Issues, 2011, 21(3):S26-S31.
Kavanaugh ML, Carlin EE and Jones RK, Patients’ attitudes and experiences related to receiving contraception during abortion care, Contraception, 2011, 84(6):585-593.
Jones RK and Dreweke J, Countering Conventional Wisdom: New Evidence on Religion and Contraceptive Use, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2011.
Jones RK et al., Teens reflect on their sources of contraceptive information, Journal of Adolescent Research, 2011, 26(4):423-446.
Jones RK and Biddlecom AE, The more things change…: The relative importance of the internet as a source of contraceptive information for teens, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 2011, 8(1):27-37.
Jones RK, Moore AM and Frohwirth LF, Perceptions of male knowledge and support among U.S. women obtaining abortions, Women's Health Issues, 2011, 21(2):117-123.
Jones RK and Kooistra K, Abortion incidence and access to services in the United States, 2008, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2011, 43(1):41-50.
Jones RK and Biddlecom AE, Is the internet filling the sexual health information gap for teens? An exploratory study", Journal of Health Communication, 2011, 16(2):112-123.
Jones RK, How commonly do U.S. abortion patients report attempts to self-induce?, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2010, 204(1):23.e1-23.e4.
Kavanaugh ML, Jones RK and Finer LB, How commonly do U.S. abortion clinics offer contraceptive services?, Contraception, 2010, 82(4):331-336.
Jones RK, Finer LB and Singh S, Characteristics of U.S. Abortion Patients, 2008, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2010.
Jones RK et al., Trends in abortion in the United States, Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2009, 52(2):119-129.
Jones RK et al., Better than nothing or savvy risk-reduction practice? The importance of withdrawal, Contraception, 2009, 79(6):407-410.
Vaughan B et al., Discontinuation and resumption of contraceptive use: results from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, Contraception, 2008, 78(4):271-283.
Lindberg LD, Jones RK and Santelli JS, Non-coital sexual activities among adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2008, 42(2):44-45.
Jones RK et al., Abortion in the United States: incidence and access to services, 2005, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2008, 40(1):6-16.
Jones RK, Frohwirth LF and Moore AM, "I would want to give my child, like, everything in the world": how issues of motherhood influence women who have abortions, Journal of Family Issues, 2008, 29(1):79-99.
Jones RK and Kost K, Underreporting of induced and spontaneous abortion in the United States: an analysis of the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth, Studies in Family Planning, 2007, 38(3):187–197.
Jones RK, Singh S and Finer LB, Repeat Abortion in the United States, Occasional Report, New York: Guttmacher Institute, 2006, No. 29.
Jones RK, Do U.S. family planning clinics encourage parent-child communication? Findings from an exploratory survey, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2006, 38(3):155-161.
Jones RK, Singh S and Purcell A, “Parent-child relations among minor females attending U.S. family planning clinics”, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2005, 37(4):193-201.
Jones RK, Darroch JE and Singh S, Religious differentials in the sexual and reproductive behaviors of young women in the United States, Journal of Adolescent Health, 2005, 36(4):279-288.
Jones RK et al., Adolescents’ reports of parental knowledge of adolescents’ use of sexual health services and their reactions to mandated parental notification for prescription contraception, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2005, 293:340-348.
Jones RK and Boonstra H, Confidential reproductive health services for minors: the potential impact of mandated parental involvement for contraception, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2004, 36(5):182-191.
Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Contraceptive use among U.S. women having abortions in 2000-2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(6):294-303.
Jones RK, Darroch JE and Henshaw SK, Patterns in the socioeconomic characteristics of women obtaining abortions in 2000-2001, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(5):226-235.
Jones RK and Henshaw SK, Mifepristone for early medical abortion: experiences in France, Great Britain and Sweden, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2002, 34(3):154-161.
Frost JJ et al., Teenage sexual and reproductive behavior in developed countries: country report for the United States. Occasional Report, New York, The Alan Guttmacher Institute, 2001, No 8.