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June 2016

Lawsuits target Catholic hospitals for refusing to provide emergency miscarriage management

Huffington Post
Eight years ago, Dr. Lori Freedman began a study of how the medical practices of obstetrician-gynecologists are affected by abortion training they received during their residencies — and she stumbled on an unexpected finding.

Funding and policies critical for abortion patients’ access to birth control

UCSF Bixby Center
Adequate health insurance and supportive policies are critical to women’s birth control access during abortion care. Additional measures for uninsured women, like expanding the scope of donated funds that currently cover abortion care to also cover birth control and a new lower-cost IUD, may help women actually use the methods of their choice no matter the cost.

Reversing the ban on sperm donations from MSM

UCSF Bixby Center
Currently, sperm donors must complete an HIV test, and may also be questioned about their sexual practices or required to undergo a physical exam to look for signs of anal intercourse. However, there is no evidence that these questions or the physical exam affect the chance of catching a false-negative HIV test.

As abortion barriers grow, US Supreme Court ruling looms

DailyMail
Abortion may be legal in America, but US states are throwing up more and more barriers to the practice. So an upcoming decision from the Supreme Court is keenly awaited.

Why trans women belong in the fight for abortion rights

Broadly
We spoke with experts to uncover the truth about the supposed tension between feminism and trans people, and how these two controversial movements are actually fighting for the same thing.

Glamour Magazine has more evidence that the DIY abortion has returned

Slate
On a national level, economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz found that, though abortion rates are indeed down in states where conservative legislation has forced abortion clinics to close, live birth rates aren’t up by as large a margin.

After wave of anti-abortion laws, US sees signs of women taking drastic measures

Guardian
Five years into a surge of anti-abortion legislation, experts say women are increasingly turning to dangerous methods to end their pregnancies.

May 2016

Five things to know about the state of medical abortion in Texas

Dallas Observer
This spring, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave Texas women seeking abortions a boost when it changed the label on mifepristone, a drug that can be used to medically induce abortion. The new label calls for a smaller dose of the drug to be administered in a wider time frame and is in line with the way doctors prefer to to prescribe mifespristone.

Innovative ways to cure vaginal infections

UCSF Bixby Center
Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is one of the most common vaginal infections, affecting nearly one in three women ages 15-44. We've launched a clinical trial of a product to prevent BV that aims to restore vaginal bacteria to a healthy balance.

Up against strict laws, Texas women learn do-it-yourself abortions

Reuters
Susanna was young, single, broke and pregnant in southern Texas where, thanks to the state's strict laws, her chances of getting a surgical abortion at a clinic were slim to none.