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September 2021

Librarians can counter abortion misinformation

UCSF Bixby Center
Bixby members Jill Barr-Walker, Nancy Berglas, Biftu Mengesha and colleagues argue that health science librarians have a role in providing evidence-based information about abortion.

'Health equity tourists': How white scholars are colonizing research on health disparities

Monica McLemore talked to STAT News about white researchers colonizing health disparities research and turning these incidents into teaching moments.

Bixby members respond to Texas' abortion ban

UCSF Bixby Center
Bixby members are speaking out in the media about the crisis in Texas and the ways abortion bans harm people.

Women of color faced increasing barriers to birth control during COVID

UCSF Bixby Center
Bixby members Jennifer Kerns and Nadia Diamond-Smith and colleagues released the first findings from the COVID-19 Impacts on Reproduction in the United States (CIRUS) Study, the first national study to explore cisgender women’s experiences seeking reproductive health care at multiple points throughout the pandemic.

Even Texas allows abortions to protect a woman's life. Or does it?

New York Times
Carole Joffe and Jody Steinauer explain the problems with abortion ban exceptions to protect the life of a pregnant person and call for abortion access for all. 

Texas' abortion crisis proves the abortion pill needs to be in every drug store

NBC News
Daniel Grossman of ANSIRH called for over-the-counter access to medication abortion in response to increasing restrictions on abortion care.

Abortion clinics overcame unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

UCSF Bixby Center
All health care providers have faced significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The need for in-person services had to be weighed against the need to protect patients and staff from the virus. Facilities that provide abortion experienced unique burdens on top of these challenges.

'Fetal heartbeat' isn't a clinical term—but it's still used in laws on abortion

Dr. Jennifer Kerns talked to NPR about the misleading use of the term "fetal heartbeat" by anti-abortion policymakers. 

Abortions can be provided safely and effectively using telehealth

UCSF Bixby Center
ANSIRH researchers found that among patients who used the virtual clinic, 95% had a complete abortion without intervention, similar to in-person medication abortion. No patients reported any major adverse events.

August 2021

Meet Jasmine Powell, equity specialist shifting culture

UCSF Bixby Center
With the clinical teams at ZSFG, Jasmine is working on ambitious equity and structural change plans to improve the clinical care provided, with input from the communities they serve. She’s working with the Bixby Center to implement equity recommendations developed by Bixby members and external experts to ensure that anti-racism is integrated into all aspects of our work, and that Bixby members have the resources needed to thrive.