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July 2016

Four ways research has reframed the abortion debate

Social science and medical research was front and center in the recent Supreme Court decision on Whole Women's Health vs Hellerstedt.

Integrating HIV prevention into women’s health care

UCSF Bixby Center
Women’s health care providers are uniquely positioned to screen, counsel and offer PrEP. In a new commentary, UCSF Bixby researchers outline ways that obstetrician-gynecologists (ob-gyns) and other providers can integrate PrEP into standard care.

Telemedicine has increased abortion access In Iowa but abortion numbers are down

Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism
Better access to contraception and comprehensive sex education are linked to lower unintended pregnancy and abortion rates in Iowa.

June 2016

A victory for the role of evidence in reproductive health care

UCSF Bixby Center
The Supreme Court’s recent decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt was a victory for the role of scientific evidence in the US debates about abortion.

Removing barriers to women’s birth control access

UCSF Bixby Center

Injectable contraception has been used by nearly one in four United States women at some point in their lives.

Can doctors learn to perform abortions without doing one?

Abortion is one of the more common procedures performed in the U.S., more common even than appendectomy. But as clinics in Texas close, finding a place in the state where medical residents training to be OB-GYNs can learn to do abortions is getting harder.

Increasing HIV testing among adolescents

UCSF Bixby Center

Among adolescents living with HIV, 80 percent live in sub-Saharan Africa. And young people ages 15-24 15–24 make up almost 40 percent of new HIV infections among adults.

Will Texas have enough doctors who can perform the procedure?

Houston Public Media
Professors of obstetrics and gynecology in Texas are struggling to teach new doctors about abortion. This story delves into the specifics of training, explaining why a doctor who knows how to perform a dilation and curettage procedure (the foundation of abortion technique) may still not be competent to perform elective abortions in Texas – and why that matters.

The abortion training taboo: How Texas politics influences medical education

Houston Public Media
Obstetrician-gynecologists are supposed to learn how to perform abortions as part of their four-year residency. That’s become much harder in Texas, which has lost more than 20 abortion clinics in the past few years. Medical professors in Texas fear political repercussions for providing – or even just discussing – abortion training.

Insurance companies are fighting to keep women in California from having easy access to birth control

Mother Jones
Last month, a measure passed the California state Senate by a 29-6 vote that would cut down on some of the hassle of trying to avoid pregnancy for women who take hormonal contraceptives. Senate Bill 999 from state Sen. Fran Pavley authorizes pharmacists to dispense up to a 12-month supply, if the patient asks for it, and requires insurance companies to cover the costs.