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April 2014

Women pay significant out-of-pocket costs for abortion care

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Under the Affordable Care Act, millions of women in the United States will have increased access to public and private health insurance. However, any potential gains in women’s access to health insurance will be limited by federal and state restrictions on coverage for abortion care.

March 2014

Measuring women’s reproductive autonomy

UCSF Bixby Center
Researchers are increasingly recognizing the importance of women’s reproductive autonomy for their health and well-being.

Over-the-counter access to oral contraceptives could help increase use

UCSF Bixby Center
Unintended pregnancy is a significant public health issue in the United States, accounting for half of all pregnancies. One significant contributing factor is that many women have problems accessing contraceptives.

Improving family planning and abortion training for physicians

UCSF Bixby Center
Medical residents training to become Obstetrician-Gynecologists in the United States can opt out of training on abortion for religious or moral reasons.

February 2014

Reducing HIV risk for female migrants in sub-Saharan Africa

UCSF Bixby Center
Previous research on migration and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa has primarily focused on male migrants' risk of HIV, despite the fact that equal or greater numbers of women are migrating in the region.

Health providers’ beliefs hinder women’s access to contraceptive options

UCSF Bixby Center
In 2009, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) as contraceptive options safe for nearly all women.

Women of color need improved information and access to effective contraception

UCSF Bixby Center
Nearly half of all pregnancies in the United State are unintended, with marked racial and ethnic differences in unintended pregnancy rates even after accounting for income levels.

Women cite relationships as key factor in decision to have abortion

UCSF Bixby Center
Healthcare providers are increasingly recognizing that male partners have considerable influence on women’s reproductive health decisions and outcomes.

Access to publicly funded family planning services decreases adolescent pregnancies

UCSF Bixby Center
In the United States, adolescent pregnancy has long been a concern because of disproportionate negative consequences for teenage mothers and their children.

Publicly funded family planning programs help increase access to contraceptive services

UCSF Bixby Center
High-quality family planning services provide clients with access to a wide range of contraceptive options, allowing them to choose methods that best fit their needs and preferences.