Funding for this research was provided by:
Emory University Global Field Experience (no award number)
Global Elimination of Maternal Mortality from Abortion (GEMMA) Fund (not applicable)
Received: 3 February 2017
Accepted: 30 May 2019
First Online: 14 June 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Emory University’s Institutional Review Board found the study exempt from review because it did not meet the definition of “research” with human subjects as set forth in Emory policies and procedures and federal rules. The authors partnered with Proyecto Paz y Amistad, a local organization to design and implement this study. Proyecto Paz y Amistad deferred to the Emory University IRB’s determination. Nicaragua is notably absent from the US Department of Health and Human Services, International Compilation of Human Research Standards (ExternalRef removed). To our knowledge, there were no existing national level human subjects requirements or exemptions at the time of data collection.Though the project was exempt from full review by Emory University’s Institutional Review Board, procedural steps were taken to protect the rights of participants and ensure confidentiality throughout data collection, management, and analysis. Verbal informed consent was acquired from all participants before the IDIs were conducted and each participant signed a waiver to participate.Due to the sensitive nature of this work, individual partners at Proyeto Paz y Amistad have asked not be named publicly as authors on this work, although their partnership was instrumental in the implementation of this study.
: We received written consent from Ana Maria to publish her case, including quotations.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.