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May 2016

Catching up to science: Medication abortions up after FDA label change

The Austin Chronicle
A strict law that prohibited the preferred method of taking abortion medication practically wiped out the option for hundreds of women in Central Texas. However, new federal guidelines are reversing the downward trend for women subject to the state's draconian rules.

Veto of Oklahoma abortion bill steps back war on doctors

Christian Science Monitor
Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed the most aggressive antiabortion bill in the country. While the legislature had targeted abortion on medical grounds, she objected partly on medical grounds.

No medical basis for TRAPping physicians

So-called Targeted Regulation of Abortion Provider (TRAP) laws that restrict clinics providing abortions lack medical necessity or any substantive evidence basis, according to a medical/legal review of these laws presented here.

The rich-poor divide in abortion numbers around the world

Sydney Morning Herald
A new analysis of global abortions shows a stark divide between what's happening in wealthier, developed countries versus their their poorer and less developed counterparts.

A woman-centered approach to birth control

UCSF Bixby Center
In a new commentary, the UCSF Bixby Center’s Dr. Diana Greene Foster argues that most women who become accidentally pregnant choose not to use birth control — commonly because of concerns about its side effects or other health consequences.

Tough abortion restrictions don't have the effect you'd expect

Mother Jones
In a new study published Wednesday, researchers from the World Health Organization and the Guttmacher Institute examine abortion and contraceptive access throughout the world. The report, in the British medical journal The Lancet, highlights major disparities in trends for women in wealthier nations compared with those in poorer countries.

Abortion study: 25% of pregnancies terminated, estimates suggest

One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest.

Would you look at that, anti-abortion laws don’t actually reduce abortions

New York Magazine
The most comprehensive analysis of abortion rates around the world to date found that countries with the strictest abortion laws do not have lower abortion rates. In fact, the numbers are slightly higher than in countries where abortion is legal.

Abortion rates reach historic low for women with access to modern contraception

The Telegraph
Abortion rates for women in developed countries have plummeted in the last two decades – while abortion rates for women in poorer countries have barely changed.

Abortion rate steady in poor nations, plunging in rich ones

Mercury News
The rate of abortions in the developed world has dropped to an all-time low while remaining steady in poorer regions, where nearly 90 percent of the abortions worldwide occur, researchers say in a new study published Wednesday in the journal Lancet.