pitt plus me logoThe University of Pittsburgh’s Pitt + Me Discovery research hub recently shared the following paid research opportunity. This research is not affiliated with the Northwest Pennsylvania Veteran Suicide Prevention Program but may be of interest to Veterans within our communities.

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Are you a veteran? Have you sought or had an abortion? You may be eligible to participate in a research study and share your experience about seeking and/or obtaining an abortion. Compensation is provided.


We are interested in learning about your reasons for seeking an abortion, any barriers you encountered or support you received while you were seeking an abortion, and what your interactions were like with healthcare providers (both within and outside of VA) during this time. The information that you provide will help us better understand Veterans’ experiences of seeking or obtaining an abortion outside of VA while having VA healthcare.


Eligible participants:

  • Are a Veteran age 18 – 50
  • Have sought out or had an abortion
  • Were enrolled in VA healthcare when you sought out or had an abortion
  • DURATION: 20 – 45 minutes total
  • VISITS: Telephone call


An experienced research team member will call you to schedule and conduct a qualitative interview. This interview can last anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on how much you want to share with us. We will ask questions about when you sought and/or obtained an abortion and your experiences with the healthcare system. We will ask for your consent to audio record the telephone interview. The recording will be stored confidentially in our VA database. You may skip any question you do not wish to answer, and you may request to stop audio recording at any time in order to say something off the record. Your healthcare providers will not know that you participated in this interview, and they will not know anything that you share with us.

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IRB: 1690964 – Veterans’ Experiences of Abortion

Looking to Get Involved?

friends standing togetherWhether you identify as a healthcare provider, community organization, or Veteran, there are several opportunities through the NW PA Veteran Suicide Prevention Program and PERU to connect to resources, participate in educational training, and promote harm reduction strategies. We are actively recruiting healthcare and community partners to work with us in meeting our goals and objectives. To learn more, visit the program website at theresilientveteran.org.

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat. Both are free and confidential. You’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor in your area.

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