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April 2016

Mifepristone becomes vital means to insure access to abortion, but remains overregulated drug

NH Voice
In year 2000, abortion drug called mifepristone became legally available in the United States. At that time it was considered that a halt has come in the abortion-related debates. But after a hiatus of 16 years, it seems that nothing has changed.

How relationships impact women’s birth control use

UCSF Bixby Center
Not using or quitting birth control contributes to accidental pregnancies, and women’s relationships can play a significant role in their decisions about contraception. In a new study, UCSF Bixby Center researchers examine how young women’s relationships impact their use of hormonal or long-acting birth control, versus less effective methods like condoms.

The Pill that Still Hasn’t Changed the Politics of Abortion

The New Yorker
When the abortion drug mifepristone first became legally available in the U.S., in 2000, it seemed to carry with it the potential for a ceasefire in the abortion wars.

HB 2 leaves Texas residents without options

The Daily Texan
Whether or not you agree with morality of abortion, House Bill 2 violates the undue burden standard, and cannot be allowed to stand. HB 2, passed in the summer of 2013, is a broad group of restrictions on abortion, including a ban for pregnancies past 20 weeks — no exceptions for rape — and stringent requirements for physicians and clinics who perform abortions.

How Utah law extends frontier in the abortion fight

The Christian Science Monitor
New abortion restrictions, including one signed into law in Utah this week, adopt medical language without considering medical science, many doctors say. Supporters of the bills say they wish to safeguard the health of women.

March 2016

Breaking ground in the Middle East: HIV risk among transgender people

UCSF Bixby Center
The UCSF Bixby Center is helping to better understand HIV among transgender women and their unique health needs. We are breaking ground in the Middle East, where HIV risk among transgender populations is mostly uncharted territory.

Abortion without the clinic on offer with revolutionary new US program

Guardian
A groundbreaking new experiment is launching in four states that could make abortion dramatically more accessible by allowing women to obtain abortion-inducing drugs through the mail.

FDA Change Could Make It Easier To Obtain Medication Abortions In Texas

KUT.org
A simple label-change from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration could have a sweeping impact on access to medication abortions in Texas. The federal agency announced on Wednesday it’s updating how the pill — not an emergency contraceptive like Plan B, but a medication taken to induce abortions — should be administered.

Even in Texas, Abortion Rights Got a Big Boost with FDA Ruling on Mifepristone

Dallas Observer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to update the recommended dosage for women taking the abortion drug mifepristone may give Texas women easier access to abortions in the state. The FDA changed the label on the drug, bringing it in line with the way doctors in other states have been using the drug in practice.

Abortion Pill Labeling Catches Up With The Scientific Evidence And Access Is Expected To Improve

Forbes
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday updated the label on the so-called abortion pill to reflect the way most doctors had been using it anyway.