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April 2017

Should over-the-counter medical abortion be available?

The Guardian
"From a purely medical perspective, it no longer makes sense to demonize women’s safe use of abortion medications at home – just as the abortion rights movement should no longer rely on rhetoric around returning to the days of coat-hanger abortions," writes Daniel Grossman, MD in an op-ed.

Carole Joffe, Alissa Perrucci and others honored by NAF

UCSF Bixby Center
Congratulations to Carole Joffe, PhD and Alissa Perrucci, PhD, MPH, both of whom won distinguished awards at the 2017 National Abortion Federation (NAF) annual meeting.

The birth control gap: Women still do most of the work in preventing pregnancy—does it have to be that way?

Salon
In a new study, ANSIRH's Katrina Kimport examines the ways in which the work of avoiding pregnancy falls disproportionately on the shoulders of women.

Successful teen pregnancy prevention program threatened by funding cuts

STAT
Op-ed by Christine Dehlendorf, MD makes the case for investing more, not less, in the innovative federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which is facing a 50 percent budget cut.

The mental and emotional toll that pregnancy prevention takes on women

UCSF Bixby Center
A study finds that during contraceptive counseling visits, clinicians normalized and legitimized women assuming the mental and emotional burdens of contraception.

Abortion is 20 times more dangerous on TV than it is in real life

Slate
A new study from ANSIRH found that 42.5 percent of the abortion storylines on TV from 2005 to 2016 included a “complication, intervention, or major health consequence"—more than 20 times the actual rate of abortion-related complications.

Improving HIV care retention among young adults in Kenya

UCSF Bixby Center
In a new SEARCH trial study, researchers analyze predictors of retention in HIV care among young adults in Kenya.

TV portrayals of abortion overplay the risks

UCSF Bixby Center
In an analysis of abortion portrayals on American TV over the past 12 years, ANSIRH researchers found that TV plots greatly exaggerate the risks associated with abortion.

Pregnancy tests are a cost-effective maternal health intervention

UCSF Bixby Center

Low-cost, innovative interventions are critical to improving maternal and infant mortality rates in developing countries.

How can PrEP help vulnerable pregnant and postpartum women?

UCSF Bixby Center
In a new commentary, Bixby researchers outline potential guidelines for providers offering PrEP to pregnant and postpartum women at risk for HIV.