New Research by TxPEP Shows Providing Abortion Safety Information May Reduce Support for Restrictive Laws

Tue, September 26, 2017
New Research by TxPEP Shows Providing Abortion Safety Information May Reduce Support for Restrictive Laws
New TxPEP publication.

New research by the PRC's Texas Policy Evaluation Project published in Contraception shows that providing information about abortion safety may reduce support for laws restricting abortion. The study assessed the opinions of 1,183 Texas voters on two provisions of House Bill 2 (HB 2)—the restrictive Texas abortion law that was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2016. Half of participants received scientifically accurate statements about abortion safety, and the other half did not receive any information. Voters who received the information were less likely to report that ambulatory surgical center (ASC) requirements for abortion facilities and hospital admitting privileges for physicians would make abortion safer.

“This study identifies a significant opportunity for public health professionals and reproductive rights advocates to educate voters about the safety of abortion and bring public opinion more in line with scientific evidence,” Kari White, TxPEP investigator and lead author of the study, said. “This would reduce support for restrictions that claim to make abortion safer.”

Read the full press release here and the full Contraception article here.

 

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