Black women and abortion: An exploration of attitudes and experiences
Awarded 2018
Complex Family Planning Fellowship Research
Sanithia Williams, MD
University of California, San Francisco

This is a qualitative study aiming to understanding Black women’s attitudes about and experiences with abortion, and how these attitudes are filtered through their racial identity. We propose a cross-sectional study of about 40 subjects from Northern California and the St Louis, Missouri metropolitan area. Participants will be asked to undergo semi-structured interviews approximately 60-90 minutes in length. Non-pregnant black women between the ages of 18 and 40 years will be recruited. Subjects will be distributed between two groups with a goal 1:1 ratio—1) women who have undergone an abortion in the prior four weeks; 2) women who have not recently undergone an abortion. Ideally, these women in the second group will have a variety of reproductive experiences.