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April 2016

Lack of access to abortion leaves women in poverty

It’s not just lower pay and pensions that make women poorer than men. Growing evidence shows unwanted pregnancy due to a lack of family planning services is a major factor.

Ending female genital cutting

UCSF Bixby Center
There are widespread efforts underway to end FGM/C. These efforts are slowly making progress, but change is not happening as rapidly as necessary. In a new review, Bixby researchers and partners examine the decades of work to end the practice.

"Abortion reversal" laws gain steam, despite scant scientific evidence

South Dakota will soon require doctors to tell women that they can change their minds after taking the abortion pill and potentially halt an abortion in progress. Arizona and Arkansas passed similar laws last year. And an antiabortion group is promoting model legislation to inform women they can “reverse” medication abortions.

Making a dent in prematurity worldwide

UCSF Bixby Center
Bixby researchers and partners have outlined a research agenda to help bridge this gap. They focused on the role of policymakers because they are critical to the global goal to reduce PTB through health programs.

Hormonal birth control to be available in local pharmacies without prescription

The Daily Californian
Under California legislation, women can now collect hormonal birth control from their pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription — a step that many students believe will increase accessibility to contraception.

When Abortions Are Hard to Get

The American Prospect
It’s been a rough couple of years for abortion access. State legislatures enacted 288 abortion restrictions between 2011 and 2015, and more than 330 have been introduced so far this year. Amid the onslaught of mandatory waiting periods, abortion clinic closings, and other prohibitive regulations, reproductive-rights advocates say that women’s constitutional right to end unwanted pregnancies is under threat.

Amid clinic closures, young doctors seek abortion training

Even as scores of U.S. abortion clinics have shut down, the number of doctors trained to provide the procedure has surged – but only in some parts of the country.

California pharmacists can now provide birth control to women

The Mercury News
Women in California no longer need their ob-gyn to prescribe the pill, the patch or other popular forms of birth control.

Migration and its influence on teen pregnancy

UCSF Bixby Center

Although teenage birth rates in California have declined significantly in recent years, counties with the highest rates of teen births are predominantly rural and have a high proportion of Latinos/

The sudden slump in abortions in Texas explained

Between 2013 and 2014, Texas experienced a 14 percent decline in abortions performed in the state—the sharpest drop in a decade, according to new statistics released from the Texas Department of State Health Services.