WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When some U.S. states made abortion illegal after the Supreme Court overturned the longstanding Roe v Wade in June 2022, women in those areas increased their searches for self-managed abortions.
To come to that conclusion, researchers from the University of California, Irvine (UCI) analyzed Google search results regarding self-abortion.
â€œWe found an increased number of searches in states where abortion had recently become illegal, suggesting that a lot of people in these states are trying to learn how to give themselves abortions instead of going to the doctor,â€ said lead investigator Sean Young. He is a professor in the departments of emergency medicine and informatics.
â€œThis has implications for increased emergency department visits for self-managed abortions in these states,â€ Young said in a university news release.
This could cause increased problems for Black women who already face challenges with accessing quality health care. Black women receive abortions at a higher rate than white women, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
â€œOnline search results may return unsafe home remedies that could have life-threatening consequences for women who seek to self-manage an abortion,â€ warned Lidia Flores, from the UCI department of emergency medicine.
And Dr. Carrie Chandwani, an associate clinical professor in UCI's department of emergency medicine, added that â€œemergency medicine providers need to be prepared for any potential increase in injuries, complications or even deaths associated with self-managed abortion techniques.â€
The findings were published recently in JAMA Surgery. This study was supported by grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Pew Research Center has more on peopleâ€™s views of abortion.
SOURCE: University of California, Irvine, news release, Sept. 11, 2023
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