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Research Projects

The meaning of victory in the politics of stratified reproduction: A social history of HB40

A multi-sited ethnography of the passage and implementation of a 2017 Illinois law that reinstated public funding for abortion care through the state’s Medicaid program. It includes 51 in-depth interviews with stakeholders involved with the policymaking process and 99 interviews with people who received abortion care after the implementation of the law in 2019.

Funding Sources:

» 2018-2020: Multi-year grant from an anonymous foundation (administered by University of Cincinnati)

» 2020-2021: Society of Family Planning Emerging Scholars Grant

» 2022-2023: One-year grant from an anonymous foundation (administered through the Chicago Abortion Fund)

Refereed Journal Articles:

Jeyifo, Megan, Aalap Ooha Bommaraju, and Qudsiyyah Shariyf. 2023. “Chicago Abortion Fund: Shaping Change: 99 Steps Towards Justice.” Portable Gray 6 (1): 70–95.


Zuniga, Carmela, Aalap Bommaraju, Lee Hasselbacher, Debra Stulberg, and Terri-Ann Thompson. 2022.“Provider and Community Stakeholder Perspectives of Expanding Medicaid Coverage of Abortion in Illinois.” BMC Health Services Research 22 (March): 413.


Hasselbacher, Lee, Carmela Zuniga, Aalap Bommaraju, Terri-Ann Thompson, and Debra Stulberg. 2021.“Lessons Learned: Illinois Providers’ Perspectives on Implementation of Medicaid Coverage for Abortion.” Contraception 103 (6): 414–19.

Ohio's Family Planning Safety Net

A qualitative study of how 50 administrators across 35 safety-net healthcare organizations serving Ohioans interpreted and implemented state and federal laws to serve their communities while working with an anti-abortion state government.

Funding Sources:

» 2018-2020: Cycle 1

funding for the Ohio

Policy Evaluation Network


Refereed Journal Articles:

Kim, Emily*, Sachika Singh*, Aalap Bommaraju, Alison H. Norris, and Danielle Bessett. 2021. “‘We Have to Respect That Option’: The Abortion Aversion Complex in Safety-Net Healthcare Organizations.” Social Science & Medicine 291 (December): 114468.

*student mentee at time of publication

Evaluating Interactional Dynamics in Reproductive Life Planning

A quantitative-then-qualitative study of how 23 family planning practitioners in the City of Cincinnati’s Reproductive Health & Wellness Program encouraged preconception care utilization within population groups considered to be at high risk for unintended and unwanted pregnancy.

Funding Sources:

» 2015: Community Leaders Institute grant from University of Cincinnati’s Center for Clinical &

Translational Science & Training (CCTST)

» 2017: Graduate Enhancement Award from University of Cincinnati’s Taft Research Center

Refereed Journal Articles:

Bommaraju, Aalap, Jennifer Malat, and Jennifer Mooney. 2015. “Reproductive Life Plan Counseling and

Effective Contraceptive Use among Urban Women Utilizing Title X Services.” Women’s Health Issues 25

(3): 209–15.

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