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May 2016

The world’s abortion divide: Plummeting rates, but only in developed countries

Washington Post
A new analysis of global abortions shows a stark and troubling divide between what's happening in wealthier, developed countries and their poorer and less developed counterparts.

New study: Anti-abortion laws don’t reduce abortion rates. Contraception does.

Slate
Abortion rates are at an all-time low in the developed world, having dropped by more than 40 percent over the past 25 years. But in developing countries—many of which have outlawed abortion and make contraception difficult to access—the rate of abortions has stayed nearly constant, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization.

Criminalising abortion does not cut number of terminations, says study

The Guardian
One in four pregnancies are terminated, with rates falling in developed countries but staying steady in developing nations.

Helping women rejoin their communities following obstetric fistula

UCSF Bixby Center
Building on a strong fistula research background, the UCSF Bixby Center is creating an intervention for women and their households to improve women’s physical and psychological recovery after fistula repair surgery.

The surprising obstacle military women face getting birth control — and a unique plan to fix it

Vox
For many women, serving in the military doesn't just mean serving their country. The irregular schedules and months-long deployments can be a significant challenge to using birth control.

How hard it is to get an abortion in 6 countries, from women who tried

HuffPost Women
A new video produced by ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health) explores the difficulty of accessing a safe abortion — even in countries where the procedure legal.

More Texas women taking abortion pill now

Star-Telegram
There’s been a sharp increase in the number of Texas women who are using the abortion pill to end their pregnancies now that federal officials have eased restrictions on the drug, according to officials at Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas.

April 2016

Study links abortion access to wealth inequality among women, and lawmakers are finally talking about it

Bustle
A recent study that looked at 1,000 women seeking abortions and tracked them over a period of eight years discovered a "profound" (if totally obvious) link between abortion access and women's wealth inequality.

Having a treatment buddy helps some HIV patients stay in care

UCSF Bixby Center

More than 7.6 million people living with HIV in African nations are now receiving drugs to keep the virus in check—known as antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Why better abortion access makes women richer

New York Magazine
On Thursday, lawmakers will meet to discuss an important, undeniable piece of the gender-wage-gap problem: the rarely discussed link between reproductive-health-care access and a woman's wealth.