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June 2019

Denying abortion has consequences for women's health

UCSF Bixby Center
ANSIRH found that the physical health of women who have a first or second trimester abortion is no worse than those who gave birth. Instead, across several measures of chronic pain and overall self-rated health, women who give birth after being denied a wanted abortion fare worse than women who receive a wanted abortion.

Promising model for improving health for transgender women in Lebanon

UCSF Bixby Center
Transgender women’s risk factors are particularly understudied and invisible in the Middle East and North Africa, and effective and culturally appropriate support is urgently needed. Rachel Kaplan and colleagues aim to address this gap with the first ever study to tackle HIV prevention among transgender women in Lebanon.

How Trump administration undermines reproductive and LGBTQ rights in California

CALMatters
Lori Freedman and Rebecca Griffin explain how the Department of Health and Human Services' religious refusals regulation is an insidious attack on reproductive & LGBTQ health.

May 2019

Understanding the complexities of mobility and HIV in eastern Africa

UCSF Bixby Center
New Bixby Center research aims to better understand the dynamics of mobility in rural communities across three regions of eastern Africa.

Women turn to web as abortion access is curtailed

Healthline
Dr. Jennifer Karlin talked to Healthline about the safety of medication abortion and growing interesting in getting the pills online in the wake of new abortion restrictions.

Telemedicine for mandatory pre-abortion appointments reduces barriers to abortion care

UCSF Bixby Center
ANSIRH conducted in-depth interviews with 18 women in Utah who used telemedicine for their information visits prior to receiving an abortion.

Barriers to abortion training persist in ob-gyn residency programs

UCSF Bixby Center
New Bixby Center research explores the barriers to expanding abortion training and preparing graduates to better serve their patients.

'Heartbeat' bills get the science of fetal heartbeats all wrong

WIRED
Dr. Jennifer Kerns talked to WIRED about the lack of evidence behind so-called "heartbeat" bans and how they threaten abortion access.

Policies targeting alcohol use in pregnancy harm instead of help

UCSF Bixby Center
A new study from ANSIRH finds negative effects from policies targeting alcohol use during pregnancy.

Childbirth is hard: Health systems shouldn’t make it harder

Apolitical
Writing for Apolitical, Dr. Patience Afulani argues that poor maternity care isn't just disrespectful--it's dangerous for women's health. She offers solutions for health care providers, health systems and policymakers.