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March 2017

Access to most effective birth control could save $12 billion a year

Using data from a 2015 study on birth control access by Bixby researchers, the Brookings Institute and Child Trends produced a report estimating the impact and cost savings that would result from every woman having full access to the most effective contraceptive methods.

Shaping policy with science: Highlights from the Bixby symposium

UCSF Bixby Center
On March 2, the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court hearing Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Bixby Center and BIRCWH convened a symposium focused on science’s role in shaping policy.

New tool brings shared decision-making to contraceptive counseling

UCSF Bixby Center
Nearly half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended, and many result from people failing to use contraception correctly or consistently. One way to improve contraceptive use is to help women select contraceptive methods that better accommodate their personal preferences.

February 2017

A call to end the excessive regulation of mifepristone

UCSF Bixby Center
In a recent New England Journal of Medicine commentary, a group of experts including the Bixby Center’s Dr. Daniel Grossman called on the FDA to eliminate the FDA's excessive regulation of the medication abortion drug mifepristone.

Barriers to offering vasectomy at publicly funded family planning organizations

UCSF Bixby Center
A recent study co-authored by Daniel Grossman, MD interviewed administrators at publicly funded family planning organizations in Texas to identify barriers to offering vasectomy.

Sixteen years of overregulation: Time to unburden Mifeprex

The New England Journal of Medicine
A group of experts, including Daniel Grossman, MD, director of ANSIRH and Bixby Center member, calls for an end to the FDA's overregulation of Mifeprex (mifepristone), a drug commonly used in medication abortions.

Ebola outbreak stunted maternal health care progress

UCSF Bixby Center

Prior to the 2014 Ebola outbreak, west African countries had made meaningful strides in reducing maternal mortality and improving access to care for mothers and children.

How TV gets abortion wrong

Teen Vogue
A new study, conducted by ANSIRH, finds that portrayals of abortion on TV make them seem much easier to get than they actually are, contributing to an overall lack of understanding about the realities of getting one.

Adoption decisions among women denied abortion

UCSF Bixby Center
A new analysis of the Turnaway Study provides an unprecedented look at how women denied abortion weigh adoption as an alternative. Opponents of abortion often portray adoption as an equally desirable and viable alternative to abortion, but this study paints a very different picture.

Racial/ethnic differences in young women’s STI prevention strategies

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study finds that over 90 percent of young women report using at least one strategy to protect themselves from acquiring sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, the types of strategies used by young women differ along racial/ethnic lines.