In December 2016, Perspectives published a special issue devoted to the topic of abortion. The issue was conceived in a political environment very different from today’s, and the ideas that the editors hoped the contributions would demonstrate—that abortion services are a critical reproductive health need and should be free of stigma and restrictive policies—matter now more than ever.
Going beyond the standard examination of numbers of abortions and service availability, the special issue covered such topics as abortion stigma and the way the abortion experience plays out for those involved—women who seek abortion, the partners who support them and the clinicians who provide the service. The special issue also affirmed the journal’s commitment to the idea that only solid science can serve as the appropriate foundation for sexual and reproductive health policies and practices.
Included in the issue were
- an examination of the depiction of abortion and abortion providers on television;
- a systematic review of studies addressing abortion-related stigma;
- a representative study of knowledge of and support for abortion restrictions among women in Texas;
- a literature review on male involvement in abortion care;
- and more.