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Legal and policy responses to the delivery of abortion care during COVID‐19

Romanis, Elizabeth Chloe; Parsons, Jordan A

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Jordan A Parsons


Access to abortion care has long been a global challenge, even in jurisdictions where abortion is legal. The COVID‐19 pandemic has exacerbated barriers to access, thereby preventing many women from terminating unwanted pregnancies for an extended period. In this paper, we outline existing and COVID‐specific barriers to abortion care and consider potential solutions, including the use of telemedicine, to overcome barriers to access during the pandemic and beyond. We explore the responses of governments throughout the world to the challenge of abortion access during the pandemic, which are an eclectic mix of progressive, neutral, and regressive policies. Finally, we call on all governments to recognize abortion as essential healthcare and act to ensure that the law does not continue to interfere with providers’ ability to adapt to circumstances and to guarantee safe and appropriate care not only during the pandemic, but permanently.


Romanis, E. C., & Parsons, J. A. (2020). Legal and policy responses to the delivery of abortion care during COVID‐19. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, 151(3), 479-486.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Oct 5, 2020
Publication Date 2020-12
Deposit Date Sep 16, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 23, 2020
Journal International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Print ISSN 0020-7292
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 151
Issue 3
Pages 479-486


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Advance online version © 2020 The Authors. International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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