Burdens from FDA regulations restrict provision of medication abortion

Study finds that workers are confident they can deliver safe and effective services

More accurate estimations show number is 2.5 million fewer per month than CDC estimate

A newly-developed, freely available tool for measuring preferences about future pregnancy and childbearing

We look back at fictional portrayals of abortion on TV

Benefits and harms of these policies may not be equitably distributed 

Neither miscarriage management nor abortions need to be performed in ASCs to protect patient safety

Women support additional options for abortion care that increase privacy and convenience

Laws requiring admitting privileges don’t change how abortion patients who need hospital care receive it

Receiving an abortion enables women to take care of their existing children. Being able to delay having a child results in closer relationships between the mother and child and greater economic security

Legislation requiring providers to inform patients of the therapy are based on ideology, not medicine

Basic facts on abortion also rarely appear

Abortion restrictions that attempt to change women’s minds do not appear to do so

Interventions aimed at increasing women’s reproductive autonomy could have positive effects for reducing abortion stigma

Researchers need to consider unique anatomical and behavioral factors in tool development

Laws coerce viewing, with greater impact on women of color

With safety in mind, collaborative group aims to remove unnecessary restrictions

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Grossman D, Grindlay K, Altshuler AL, Schulkin J Induced Abortion Provision Among a National Sample of Obstetrician–Gynecologists. February 2019. Obstetrics & Gynecology, [ePub ahead of print].
Rocca CH, Ralph L, Wilson M, Gould H, Foster DG Psychometric Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure Prospective Pregnancy Preferences: The Desire to Avoid Pregnancy Scale. February 2019. Medical Care, 57(2):152-158.
Samari G, Puri M, Cohen R, Blum M, Rocca CH Pharmacy Provision of Medication Abortion in Nepal: Pharmacy Owner and Worker Perspectives. January 2019. International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, [ePub ahead of print].
Zuniga C, Grossman D, Harrell S, Blanchard K, Grindlay K Breaking down barriers to birth control access: An assessment of online platforms prescribing birth control in the USA. January 2019. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, [ePub ahead of print].

Banner photos: Clinician and patient photo ©  iStock/monkeybusinessimages; Mentor award group image © Michael Rubottom Photography; Ultrasound image © zilli/iStockphoto.com; Preventing pregnancy image © Image Point Fr/Shutterstock.com.

Research category photos: Abortion section photo © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Mark Adams, Rocketclips. Contraception photo © Cindy Chew for ANSIRH. Culture image part of an infographic designed for ANSIRH by Jessica Harrington, with art direction by Kate Giambrone and Julianna Johnson. International photo courtesy Stew and Vee Carrington via Creative Commons license. Policy photo courtesy of Heather Ault (modified and cropped). Turnaway photo © Jana Carrey for ANSIRH.

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