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Provider Stigma Survey 2021

We invite organisations to take part in our survey to understand more about abortion-related stigma, and help us produce resources to improve support for abortion care providers.

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What is abortion stigma?

Abortion stigma can be defined as negative beliefs and shaming treatment of a person associated with abortion care or post-abortion care.

This stigma might be experienced as feeling judged, discriminated against or harassed, or as feelings of isolation.

Stigma can influence abortion providers’ attitudes towards their work and people who access abortion care.

What is the Provider Stigma Survey?

As part of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) Making Abortion Safe programme, the RCOG in partnership with the Open University (OU) is conducting a global online survey to understand how abortion stigma is experienced by providers of abortion and post-abortion care in different settings with a view to developing resources to improve support for these providers.

The survey also invites providers to voice their suggestions on how abortion-related stigma can be addressed to support them at work as well as more widely in their country.

What will the survey involve?

The survey will include a set of questions about providers’ experience of stigmatizing attitudes towards abortion care, and the types of abortion and post-abortion care services they provide.

Participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all responses will be anonymous (identities of facilities will not be traceable).

People who participate will need to be able to access a computer or smart phone to complete the survey, which can be done at any convenient time during the study period. The survey takes 15 minutes to complete.

Who is eligible to take part in the survey?

Any provider of abortion/post-abortion care can take part in the survey if they meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18 years or older
  • Clinically trained to provide abortion or post-abortion care (e.g. doctor, nurse, midwife)
  • Has access to a smart phone or computer
  • Able to complete an online survey by themselves
  • Has provided consent to be sent a link to the online survey
  • Able to read English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or Arabic

How will the survey responses be used?

The RCOG will use the insights gathered through this survey to develop resources to support abortion and post-abortion care providers and to increase access to safe abortion services.

The RCOG will also develop a publication to improve wider knowledge about abortion stigma among the sexual and reproductive health and rights community.

How can organisations like yours help with the survey?

The RCOG is in the process of identifying partner organisations who work in abortion and post-abortion care globally to help with the dissemination of the survey within their networks of providers.

If you are interested in distributing this survey to colleagues who work in abortion and post-abortion care in your country, please email the Centre for Women's Global Health at by Friday 14 May 2021.

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