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Socioeconomic outcomes of women who receive and women who are denied wanted abortions

New findings from the Turnaway Study indicate that being denied a wanted abortion has serious economic consequences that last for years after birth. Compared with being able to obtain abortion care, being denied a wanted abortion results in increased household poverty—and public assistance that persists until women are timed out of these programs; reduced full-time employment; decreased likelihood that women have enough money for food, housing and transportation; and increased chance that women are raising children alone—without male partners or family.

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Women can safely and effectively self-induce abortion using misoprostol after receiving information from a healthcare provider

In a collaboration with researchers at Ibis Reproductive Health and the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, we documented outcomes of a harm-reduction model of safe abortion care implemented at non-governmental clinics in Lima and Chimbote, Peru.

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Review of existing research indicates no difference in patient safety between outpatient procedures performed in ASCs vs physician’s offices

ANSIRH conducted a systematic review of existing research to determine if the type of facility where a procedure is performed, and the characteristics of that facility, impact patient safety. We found there was no difference in patient safety for outpatient procedures performed in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) vs. physician's offices.

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Patients want to know about religious hospital policies that restrict reproductive health care options

Women of all faiths and across the faith spectrum turn to religious hospitals for their health care needs. However, many patients are unaware that these hospitals can restrict care, especially reproductive health care, due to religious objections.

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ANSIRH Update: December 2017

Welcome to the December 2017 ANSIRH Update. Here is a list of our major accomplishments, as well as recognition for those accomplishments, over the past year. This edition includes newly published research, media coverage, awards, our 15th anniversary events, and a look ahead to the coming year.

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History of abortion on American TV: different genres, new narratives

This is the first study to analyze abortion portrayals on television from a genre framework, examining drama, soap opera, horror, science fiction, and comedy programs over the last 55 years. This analysis traces the history of abortion narratives in each of these genres, documenting themes related to the portrayal of abortion provision, decision-making, disclosure, and regulation. Abortion plotlines serve diverse purposes, reflecting and shaping the American public’s growing cultural understanding of abortion.

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Laws claiming to improve the health and well-being of minors considering abortion could put them at risk

Laws that require parental involvement in a minor’s decision to have an abortion are often promoted as a way to ensure positive family communication on abortion. In our study of the impact of Illinois’ parental notification law, we found that, although more minors involved a parent after the law went into effect, this did not translate into increased decision certainty for minors nor into increased parental support of that decision.

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Some abortion patients are interested in receiving a printout of their ultrasound image and find it useful

Using chart data, we found that 38% of patients at a high volume abortion clinic accepted the offer of a printout. Drawing on interviews with patients, we further learned that women who accepted their pre-abortion ultrasound printout did so for a variety of reasons, including simply because it was offered to them, because they were curious about the printout, or because they considered taking the printout to be part of their process of confirming their abortion decision.

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Abortion Onscreen in 2017

In 2017, we identified 22 plotlines on American television where a character considers getting an abortion, and 11 plotlines where they actually do obtain one. New trends that we noted in 2015 and 2016 have continued.

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Counseling on methods’ side effects isn’t always based in evidence

All forms of prescription contraception have potential side effects and clinicians can’t predict which patients will experience them. So how do clinicians help patients navigate this uncertainty in choosing a contraceptive method? Occidental College’s Krystale Littlejohn and ANSIRH’s Katrina Kimport find that how clinicians discuss the uncertainty of side effects doesn't always match what the scientific literature says about their likelihood.

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