Abortion Course: By Week

Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications

Abortion is a common experience for people around the world; yet it is often excluded from the curricula of health professionals. Our aim is to fill in the gaps left by the exclusion of abortion from mainstream curricula.

Most lectures in the abortion course can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles.

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IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Abortion Course Updates

Preventing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Safe Abortion

Presented by Biftu Mengesha, MD, MAS (she/her)
University of California, San Francisco

Citations

  1. Trends in maternal mortality: 2000-2017: estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group, and the United Nations Population Division. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2019.
  2. Say L, Chou D, Gemmill A, Tuncalp O, Moller AB, Daniels J, Gulmezoglu AM, Temmerman M, Alkema L. Global causes of maternal death: a WHO systematic analysis. Lancet Glob Health. 2014 Jun; 2(6):e323-33.
  3. OECD Health Data 2020. Roosa Tikkanen et al. Maternal Mortality and Maternity Care in the United States Compared to 10 Other Developed Countries (Commonwealth Fund, Nov, 2020).
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pregnancy-Related Mortality Surveillance data. Emily Petersen et al “Vital Signs: Pregnancy-Related Deaths, United States 2011-2015, and Strategies for Prevention, 13 States, 2013-2017,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 68 no 18 (May 10, 2018); 423-29.
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Emily Petersen et al “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pregnancy-Related Deaths – United States, 2007-2016” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 68 no 35 (Sept 6, 2019); 762-65.
  6. Ibis Reproductive Health and Center for Reproductive Rights, “Evaluating Priorities: Measuring Women’s and Children’s Health and Wellbeing against Abortion Restrictions in the States,” (2017).
  7. Hawkind SS, Ghiani M, Harper S, Baum CF, Kaufman JS. Impact of state-lvel changes on maternal mortality: a population-based, quasi-experimental study.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2019.
  8. Rini CK, Dunkel-Schetter C, Wadhwa PD, Sandman CA. Psychological adaptation and birth outcomes: The role of personal resources, stress, and sociocultural context in pregnancy. Health Psychol 1999; 18:33-45.
  9. Medoff MH. The relationship between restrictive state abortion laws and postpartum depression. Soc. Work Public Health. 2014; 29:481-90.
  10. Foster DG, Biggs MA, Raifman S, Gipson J, Kimport K, Rocca CH. Comparison of Health, Development, Maternal Bonding, and Poverty among Children Born after Denial of Abortion vs Pregnancies Subsequent to an Abortion. JAMA Pediatr. 2018; 172: 1053-60.
  11. Susan A Cohen, “Facts and Consequences: Legality, Incidence, and Safety of Abortion Worldwide.” Guttmacher Policy Review 12(4). 2009. https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2009/11/facts-and-consequences-legality-incidence-and-safety-abortion-worldwide.

Complications of Procedural Abortion & Prevention Strategies

Presented by Lara Crystal-Ornelas, MD (she/her/ella)
University of California, San Francisco

Citations

  • Allen Contraception 2007
  • Autry et al. AJOG 2002
  • Bartz et al. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2013
  • Ben-Ami et al. AJOG 2009
  • Darney, Phillip D., and Richard L. Sweet. “Routine intraoperative ultrasonography for second trimester abortion reduces incidence of uterine perforation.” Journal of ultrasound in medicine 8.2 (1989): 71-75.
  • Fakih et al. Contraception 1986
  • Frick et al. Obstet Gynecol 2012
  • Hakim-Elahi et al. Obstet Gynecol 1990
  • Hern et al. Obstet Gynecol 1984
  • Kapp Cochrane Syst Database Rev 2010
  • Kapp et al. Contraception 2012
  • Nichols et al. J Reprod Med 2002;
  • Paul et al. NAF Textbook 2009
  • Peterson et al. Obstet Gynecol 1983
  • Serapio ET, Pearlson GA, Drey EA, Kerns JL. Estimated versus measured blood loss during dilation and evacuation: an observational study. Contraception. 2018 May;97(5):451-455. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2018.01.008. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PMID: 29410259.

Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion

Presented by Josephine Urbina, MD (she/her/ella)
University of California, San Francisco

Citations

  • Society of Family Planning, Management of Postabortion Hemorrhage, Contraception 2013
  • Society ofFamily Planning, Management of Postabortion Hemorrhage, Contraception 2013
  • Zane S, Creanga AA, Berg CJ, Pazol K, Suchdev DB, Jamieson DJ, Callaghan WM. Abortion-Related Mortality in the United States: 1998-2010. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Aug;126(2):258-265. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000945. PMID: 26241413; PMCID: PMC4554338.
  • Peterson WF, Berry FN, Grace MR, Gulbranson CL. Second-trimester abortion by dilatation and evacuation: an analysis of 11,747 cases. Obstet Gynecol. 1983 Aug;62(2):185-90. PMID: 6866362.
  • Fox MC, Hayes JL; Society of Family Planning. Cervical preparation for second-trimester surgical abortion prior to 20 weeks of gestation. Contraception. 2007 Dec;76(6):486-95. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2007.09.004. Epub 2007 Nov 9. PMID: 18061709.
  • Diedrich J, Steinauer J. Complications of surgical abortion. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Jun;52(2):205-12. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181a2b756. PMID: 19407527.
  • Bartlett LA, Berg CJ, Shulman HB, Zane SB, Green CA, Whitehead S, Atrash HK. Risk factors for legal induced abortion-related mortality in the United States. Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Apr;103(4):729-37. doi: 10.1097/01.AOG.0000116260.81570.60. PMID: 15051566.
  • Kerns JL, Ti A, Aksel S, Lederle L, Sokoloff A, Steinauer J. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Hemorrhage After Dilation and Evacuation Abortion for Fetal Death. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Oct;134(4):708-713. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003460. PMID: 31503145.
  • Kerns J, Steinauer J. Management of postabortion hemorrhage: release date November 2012 SFP Guideline #20131. Contraception. 2013 Mar;87(3):331-42. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2012.10.024. Epub 2012 Dec 4. PMID: 23218863.
  • Newmann S, Dalve-Endres A, Drey EA; Society of Family Planning. Clinical guidelines. Cervical preparation for surgical abortion from 20 to 24 weeks’ gestation. Contraception. 2008 Apr;77(4):308-14. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2008.01.004. Epub 2008 Mar 4. PMID: 18342657.
  • Shaw KA, Lerma K. Update on second-trimester surgical abortion. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Dec;28(6):510-516. doi: 10.1097/GCO.0000000000000318. PMID: 27684047.
  • Shaw KA, Lerma K, Shaw JG, Scrivner KJ, Hugin M, Hopkins FW, Blumenthal PD. Preoperative effects of mifepristone for dilation and evacuation after 19 weeks of gestation: a randomised controlled trial. BJOG. 2017 Dec;124(13):1973-1981. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14900. Epub 2017 Sep 27. PMID: 28834186.
  • Borgatta L, Roncari D, Sonalkar S, Mark A, Hou MY, Finneseth M, Vragovic O. Mifepristone vs. osmotic dilator insertion for cervical preparation prior to surgical abortion at 14-16 weeks: a randomized trial. Contraception. 2012 Nov;86(5):567-71. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2012.05.002. Epub 2012 Jun 6. PMID: 22682721.
  • Darney PD, Sweet RL. Routine intraoperative ultrasonography for second trimester abortion reduces incidence of uterine perforation. J Ultrasound Med. 1989 Feb;8(2):71-5. doi: 10.7863/jum.1989.8.2.71. PMID: 2651693.
  • Pridmore BR, Chambers DG. Uterine perforation during surgical abortion: a review of diagnosis, management and prevention. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 1999 Aug;39(3):349-53. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828x.1999.tb03413.x. PMID: 10554950.
  • Sawaya GF, Grady D, Kerlikowske K, Grimes DA. Antibiotics at the time of induced abortion: the case for universal prophylaxis based on a meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 1996 May;87(5 Pt 2):884-90. PMID: 8677129.
  • Whitehouse K, Tschann M, Soon R, Davis J, Micks E, Salcedo J, Savala M, Kaneshiro B. Effects of Prophylactic Oxytocin on Bleeding Outcomes in Women Undergoing Dilation and Evacuation: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Mar;133(3):484-491. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000003104. Erratum in: Obstet Gynecol. 2019 Jun;133(6):1287-1288. PMID: 30741801.
  • Kerns JL, Pearlson G, Mengesha B, Harter K, Jackson RA, Drey EA. A randomized controlled trial of methylergonovine prophylaxis after dilation and evacuation abortion. Contraception. 2021 Feb;103(2):116-120. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception.2020.10.009. Epub 2020 Oct 17. PMID: 33075332.
  • Steinauer JE, Diedrich JT, Wilson MW, Darney PD, Vargas JE, Drey EA. Uterine artery embolization in postabortion hemorrhage. Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Apr;111(4):881-9. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0b013e3181685780. PMID: 18378747.

Early Pregnancy Loss – Evaluation and Diagnosis

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Counseling and Decision-making for EPL Management

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Overview of EPL Management Options

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Early Pregnancy Loss – Medication Management

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Early Pregnancy Loss – At-home Care Principles

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Second Trimester Pregnancy Loss

Presented by Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic

Citations for this course are available on the course page.

Counseling for Pregnancy Ambivalence

Video Lecture Presented by:
Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH
San Francisco General Hospital, Women’s Options Center
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Click here to download the Counseling for Pregnancy Ambivalence Lesson Plan/Facilitator Guide with Quiz.

Citations

Contraception 101

Presented by: Michalle Ramirez-McLaughlin, RN, MS, FNP-BC
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture and here to download the lesson plan/facilitator guide with quiz.

Additional Resources/Citations

Tiers of Efficacy Chart. Beyond the Pill.

CDC Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use.

Medication Abortion

Presented by: Lealah Pollock MD, MS

Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture  and here to download the lesson plan/facilitator guide with quiz.

Additional Resources

ACOG Guideline on First Trimester Abortion.

Citations

  • Teal, et al. Contraception. 2007
  • Guttmacher Institute – State Laws & Policies
  • Johnson JE. J Pers Soc Psychol, 1973
  • Davis A. et al. JAMWA, 2000

Uterine Aspiration Abortion

Presented by: Sanithia L. Williams, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture and here to download the lesson plan/facilitator guide with quiz.

Additional Resources

Society of Family Planning Guidelines on Cervical dilation before first-trimester surgical abortion (<14 weeks’ gestation).

Society of Family Planning Clinical Recommendations: Contraception After Surgical Abortion.

Citations

Prescribing Emergency Contraception

Presented by: Shokoufeh Dianat, DO
University of California, San Francisco

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Click here to download the EC Decision Tree used in this video

Citation

Haeger et al. 2018; Glasier et al. 2011; Edelman et al. 2018; Kapp et al. 2015

PrEP: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV

Presented by: Lealah Pollock MD, MS

Family and Community Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download this video lecture and here to download the lesson plan/facilitator guide with quiz.

 

Citations

Week 1: Abortion in the US and Around the World

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of abortion
  • Recognize global disparities in access to family planning
  • Understand the costs of unintended pregnancy
  • List barriers to accessing timely and safe abortion services
  • Identify interventions to reduce death from unsafe abortion
  • Describe the historical trajectory of abortion in the U.S.
  • Define abortion stigma and its negative consequence

Week 1 Introduction to Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications

Presented by: Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Week 1 Introduction: Abortion in the United States and Around the World Slide Set

Week1- Intro to the Course (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Introduction to the Course and Week One: Abortion in the United States and Around the World (pdf)

Abortion and its Multiple Contexts

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion and its Multiple Contexts Slide Set

Week1-MultipleContexts (Sufrin)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Click to download Abortion and its Multiple Contexts (pdf)

Abortion in the International Context

Video Lecture Presented by:

Teresa DePiñeres, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion in the International Context Slide Set

Week1- International (DePineres)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Teresa DePiñeres, MD, MPH
Senior Technical Advisor Fundacion Orientame and ESAR

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Global Abortion Overview

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish. Translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Global Abortion Overview Slide Set

Week1- GlobalOverview (Grossman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Dan Grossman, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Global Abortion Overview (pdf)

Preventing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Safe Abortion

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
Click here to download this video lecture

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Resources

WHO Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM), 2015.

Preventing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Safe Abortion Slide Set

Week 1- PreventingMaternalMortality (Darney)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Preventing Maternal Mortality: The Role of Safe Abortion  (pdf)

 

 

The History of Abortion in the US prior to Legalization

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

The History of Abortion Slide Set

Week 1- HistoryAbortion (Joffe)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Carole Joffe, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download The History of Abortion  (pdf)

Representations of Abortion in Film and Television

Video Lecture Presented by:

Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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Representations Television and Film Slide Set

Week1- Film and TV (Sufrin)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Click to download Abortion Representations Television and Film

Abortion Stigma: What is it and how does it affect sexual and reproductive health?

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
Click here to download this video lecture

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion Stigma: What is it and how does it affect women’s health? Slide Set

Week 1- Stigma (Freedman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Lori Freedman, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Abortion Stigma: What is it and how does it affect women’s health? (pdf)

Week 1 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 1 Quiz
Week 1 Answer Sheet
Week 1 Works Cited
Week 1 Readings and Resources

Week 2: Abortion, Professionalism, and Patient-centered Counseling

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Describe key stakeholders’ reactions to Roe v. Wade in American culture
  • Understand the professional responsibilities of health-care providers caring for women seeking abortion
  • Recognize appropriate and inappropriate applications of “conscience” in the setting of abortion care
  • Provide objective and compassionate pregnancy options counseling
  • Practice patient communication skills
  • Identify steps to take to enhance professionalism in personally challenging clinical encounter

Week 2 Introduction: Abortion, Professionalism, and Patient-Centered Counseling

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Week 2 Introduction: Abortion, Professionalism, and Patient-centered Counseling Slide Set

Week 2- Introduction (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Week 2 Introduction: Abortion, Professionalism, and Patient-centered Counseling (pdf)

 

The History of Abortion in the US After Legalization

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

Additional Resource

New York Times: “A Brief History of Deadly Attacks on Abortion Providers.”

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion in the U.S. after Legalization Slide Set

Week 2- US after Legalization (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Carole Joffe, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Abortion in the U.S. after Legalization  (pdf)

Physicians’ Professional Responsibilities in Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Physicians’ Professional Responsibilities in Abortion Care Slide Set

Week2-Responsibilities (Steinauer)

 

Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Physicians’ Professional Responsibilities in Abortion Care (pdf)

Nursing Roles in Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:

Amy Levi, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC

University of New Mexico

Additional Resources

Revised code of Ethics in 2015

The ICN code of Ethics for Nurses

Click here to download this video lecture

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Nursing Roles in Abortion Care: Clinical Responsibility and Professional Ethics Slide Set

Week2-Nursing (Levi)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Amy Levi, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC
Albers Professor of Midwifery
University of New Mexico

Click to download Nursing Roles in Abortion Care: Clinical Responsibility and Professional Ethics (pdf)

 

Conscientious Provision and Refusal of Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

Additional Resources

Guttmacher state laws and policy regarding conscientious refusal in the United States

FIGO guidelines on conscientious objection

Center for Reproductive Rights Law and Policy, Guide on Conscientious Objection (International Perspective)

Click here to download this video lecture 

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Conscientious Provision and Refusal of Abortion Care Slide Set

Week2-Refusal (Freedman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Lori Freedman, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Conscientious Provision and Refusal of Abortion Care Slide Set (pdf) 

 

Decision Counseling for Positive Pregnancy Test Results

Video Lecture Presented by:
Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH
San Francisco General Hospital, Women’s Options Center
Click here to download this video lecture 
Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Decision Counseling for Positive Pregnancy Test Results

Week2-Counseling (Perrucci)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Alissa Perrucci, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Decision Counseling for Positive Pregnancy Test Results (pdf)

Informed Consent, Decision Assessment, and Counseling in Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:
Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH
San Francisco General Hospital, Women’s Options Center
Click here to download this video lecture 
Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Informed Consent, Decision Assessment, and Counseling in Abortion Care Slide Set

Week 2- Consent (Perrucci)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Alissa Perrucci, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Informed Consent, Decision Assessment, and Counseling in Abortion Care (pdf)

Teaching Professionalism for Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Teaching Professionalism for Abortion Care Slide Set

Week2-Professionalism (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Teaching Professionalism for Abortion Care (pdf)

Week 2 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 2 Quiz
Week 2 Answer Sheet
Week 2 Works Cited
Week 2 Readings and Resources

Week 3: Abortion in the First Trimester

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Describe principles of patient-centered care for first-trimester abortion
  • Review the provision of abortion available in the first trimester and methods for pain management
  • Describe post-abortion complications and basics of management of these complications
  • Understand the legal framework regulating abortion in the United States
  • Develop a basic understanding of all contraceptive methods and patient-centered contraceptive care

Week 3 Introduction: Abortion in the First Trimester

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click here to download this video lecture

Week 3 Introduction: Abortion in the First Trimester Slide Set

Week3-Intro (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Week 3 Introduction: Abortion in the First Trimester (pdf)

Medical Abortion

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Medical Abortion Slide Set

Week3-Medical (Meckstroth)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Medical Abortion (pdf)

First-Trimester Aspiration Abortion

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
Click here to download this video lecture

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

First-trimester Aspiration Abortion Slide Set

Week3-Aspiration (Jackson)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download First-trimester Aspiration Abortion (pdf)

Pain with Uterine Aspiration Abortion

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
Click here to download this video lecture 

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Pain with Uterine Aspiration Abortion Slide Set

Week3-Pain (Meckstroth)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Karen Meckstroth, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Pain with Uterine Aspiration Abortion (pdf)

Global Obstacles to Abortion

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

Additional Resources

The Center for Reproductive Health, Worldwide Abortion Laws.

Click here to download this video lecture 

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Global Obstacles to Abortion Slide Set

Week1- GlobalOverview (Grossman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Dan Grossman, MD
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Global Obstacles to Abortion (pdf)

Abortion Rights in the United States Through 2014

Video Lecture Presented by:

Maya Manin, JD
University of San Francisco

Note: This video lecture was filmed in the summer of 2014. Laws and polices may have shifted since filming.

Additional Resource

Guttmacher, Restrictions by State.

Click to download this video lecture

Abortion Rights in the United States Slide Set

Week3-Rights (Manian)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Maya Manian, JD
University of San Francisco School of Law

Click to download Abortion Rights in the United States (pdf)

Paying for Abortion: How Cost can be an Obstacle to Care

Video Lecture Presented by:

Mike Policar, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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Paying for Abortion: How Cost can be an Obstacle to Care Slide Set

Week3-Paying (Policar)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Mike Policar, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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Global Contraception

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Contraception Slide Set

Week3-Contraception (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Week 3 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 3 Quiz
Week 3 Answer Sheet
Week 3 Works Cited
Week 3 Readings and Resources

Week 4: Abortion After the First Trimester and Obstacles to Accessing Safe Abortion in the US and Worldwide

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Recognize common reasons why women have abortions after the first trimester
  • List and review attributes of high quality, safe abortion care
  • Discuss unique challenges for women seeking abortion after the first trimester
  • Identify opportunities to improve global access to abortion care after the first trimester
  • Discuss complications associated with abortion and common abortion myths

Week 4 Introduction: Abortion After the First Trimester and Obstacles to Accessing Safe Abortion

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Week 4 Introduction: Abortion after the First-Trimester and Obstacles to Accessing Safe Abortion Slide Set

Week4-Intro (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Abortion After the First Trimester

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion After the First Trimester Slide Set

Week4-After1stTri (Drey)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Eleanor Drey, MD, EdM
University of California, San Francisco

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Contextualizing Who has Abortions After the First Trimester

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Guidelines for Safe Abortion Care

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

Teresa DePiñeres, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

Additional Resource

WHO Guidelines on Safe Abortion

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Guidelines for Safe Abortion Care Slide Set

Week4-Guidelines (DePineres)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Teresa DePiñeres, MD, MPH
Fundacion Orientame and ESAR

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High-Quality Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:
Teresa DePiñeres, MD, MPH,
Dan Grossman, MD, and
Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Improving Access to Safe Abortion Care after the First Trimester

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Improving Access to Safe Abortion Care After the First-Trimester Slide Set

Week4-Access (Grossman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Dan Grossman, MD
University of California, San Francisco

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Patient Decision Making about Abortion after the First Trimester

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Patient Decision Making About Abortion After the First Trimester Slide Set

Week4-Decision (Kerns)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion, Part 1

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion Slide Set

Week4- Complications, Parts 1, 2, 3, (Kerns)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion (pdf)

Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion, Part 2

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion Slide Set

Week4- Complications, Parts 1, 2, 3, (Kerns)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion, Part 3

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Managing Complications of Procedural Abortion Slide Set

Week4- Complications, Parts 1, 2, 3, (Kerns)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

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Myths about Abortion Complications

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:
Jen Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Myths about Abortion Complications Slide Set

Week4-Myths (Kerns)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jennifer Kerns, MD, MPH
University of California, San Francisco

Click to download Myths about Abortion Complications (pdf)

Week 4 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 4 Quiz
Week 4 Answer Sheet
Week 4 Works Cited
Week 4 Readings and Resources

Week 5: Overcoming Obstacles to Abortion Access

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the health and abortion disparities by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status that limit access
  • Identify programs in medical education and describe the importance of integrated abortion training
  • Describe the mechanisms that can delay women in accessing abortion
  • Understand the importance of abortion provision in the primary care setting
  • Identify Advanced Practice Clinicians as key stakeholders in abortion provision

Week 5 Introduction: Overcoming Obstacles to Abortion Access

Video Lecture Presented by:
Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS

University of California, San Francisco

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Week 5 Introduction: Overcoming Obstacles to Abortion Access Slide Set

Week 5- Intro (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Abortion Disparities, A Public Health Approach

IERH acknowledges the importance of inclusive language as a component of patient-centered care and we are working to improve our content. Read more here.

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco, Departments

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Abortion Disparities, A Public Health Approach Slide Set

Week5-AbDisparities (Dehlendorf)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Christine Dehlendof, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Health Disparities in Family Planning

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Health Disparities in Family Planning Slide Set

Week5-FPDisparities (Jackson)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Andrea Jackson, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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The Importance of Integrated Abortion Training in Medical and Nursing Education

Video Lecture Presented by:
Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS

University of California, San Francisco

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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

The Importance of Integrated Abortion Training in Medical and Nursing Education Slide Set

Week5-Training (Steinauer)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Abortion in the Primary Care Setting

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Abortion in the Primary Care Setting Slide Set

Week5-Primary (Dehlendorf)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Christine Dehlendof, MD, MAS
University of California, San Francisco

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Advanced Practice Clinicians as Abortion Providers

Video Lecture Presented by:

Amy Levi, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC

University of New Mexico
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Advanced Practice Clinicians as Abortion Providers Slide Set

Week5-Providers (Levi)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Amy Levi, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC
University of New Mexico

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Ob-Gyn Training Story in the US

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Fransisco

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Discussion about Advanced Practice Clinicians as Abortion Providers

Video Lecture Presented by:

Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS and Diana Taylor, RN, MS, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

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Week 5 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 5 Quiz
Week 5 Answer Sheet
Week 5 Works Cited
Week 5 Readings and Resources

Week 6: Early Pregnancy Loss and Course Conclusions

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After watching these video lectures, learners will be able to:

  • Review the similarities between management of early pregnancy loss and early abortion.
  • Describe patient-centered counseling for EPL.
  • Review global public health issues related to safe abortion.
  • Describe the clinical responsibilities of health care providers caring for women with undesired pregnancies.

Early Pregnancy Loss Diagnoses and Counseling

Video Lecture Presented by:
Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
University of Texas Southwestern

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

Early Pregnancy Loss Diagnosis and Counseling Slide Set

Week6- EPL Diagnosis (Wallace)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
University of Texas Southwestern

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Early Pregnancy Loss Management

Video Lecture Presented by:
Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
University of Texas Southwestern
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Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles.

Early Pregnancy Loss Management Slide Set

Week6-Management (Wallace)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Robin Wallace, MD, MAS
University of Texas Southwestern

Click to download Early Pregnancy Loss: Management (pdf)

Post-Abortion Care

Video Lecture Presented by:
Felicia Lester, MD, MPH and Dan Grossman, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Lecture can be viewed with subtitles in Spanish or French. French translation was made possible by the Safe Abortion Action Fund and International Planned Parenthood Federation. Click the Closed Captions button on video lectures to access subtitles. 

 

Review of Global Public Health Issues

Video Lecture Presented by:

University of California, San Francisco
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Review of Global Public Health Issues Slide Set

Week6- Global Review (Grossman)


Slide Set from Video Lecture Presented by:

Dan Grossman, MD
University of California, San Francisco

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Course Conclusions

Video Lecture Presented by:
Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS

University of California, San Francisco

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Week 6 Assessments and Additional Materials

Week 6 Quiz
Week 6 Answer Sheet
Week 6 Works Cited

Course Development

Abortion is a common experience for people around the world; yet it is often excluded from the curricula of health professionals. Our aim is to fill in the gaps left by the exclusion of abortion from mainstream curricula.

Led by Jody Steinauer, MD, PhD (she/her), Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications was developed as a MOOC presented on Coursera.com in the fall of 2014. More than 20 UCSF faculty and other experts on the clinical, social science, global health, and public health aspects of abortion contributed lectures and content to the course. Innovating Education in Reproductive Health has maintained free access and updated these course materials since its launch.