HELP: University of York research study – women’s experiences of termination of pregnancy

From email:


I work in the Sociology Department at the University of York and I’m getting in touch to ask whether your group might be able to help circulate/publicise information about a research project that I am running?

The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust (a UK research charity) and is using interviews to explore women’s and health professionals’ experiences of abortion provision in England. I am inviting women aged 18 or over, who have had a termination of pregnancy within the last 6 months, to participate in an interview about their experiences. The aim of the interviews is to allow women to tell their stories in their own words and to explore what this experience has meant to them. Interviews are strictly confidential and women will not be identified. The study has been ethically reviewed and approved by the University of York Economics, Law, Management, Politics and Sociology Research Ethics Committee.

I am trying to find ways to publicise information about the project to women, so that those for whom this is relevant can decide for themselves whether they want to contact me about taking part in an interview. I wondered whether you might be willing to circulate the advert (pasted below this message and also included as an attachment flyer) around your mailing lists, and perhaps post the information on your webpage?

The advert contains a link to my University of York project website which provides the full details about the project. If you would like to know more about the study before making a decision about publicising the advert then I would be very happy to answer any questions that you have. You can reach me at this email address or my work number is 01904 323064.

Many thanks!

Best wishes


Experiencing termination of pregnancy: University of York study needs YOUR stories

One in three women will have a termination of pregnancy (abortion) by the time they are 45. However, these women’s voices are often missing from discussion of termination. We need research about their experiences. For this reason, a major study at the University of York is inviting women to tell their stories through confidential research interviews.

The project is looking for women aged 18 or over, who have had a termination in England within the past 6 months, to take part in an interview about their experiences. Interviews are strictly confidential and you will not be identified.

As a token of appreciation for your time, you will receive £20.

If this is something that you might be interested in, please visit the project website for further information.

Alternatively, you can contact the researcher directly by emailing Siân at

Thank you.

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