Bixby News

Abortion clinics overcame unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic

September 08, 2021
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. Carole...

Abortions can be provided safely and effectively using telehealth

September 02, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a federal judge temporarily suspended enforcement of FDA requirements that the mifepristone (a drug used in medication abortion), be dispensed in clinics, medical offices, or hospitals. Soon after, a virtual abortion clinic called Choix began providing care.

Meet Jasmine Powell, equity specialist shifting culture

August 13, 2021
Jasmine Powell’s grandmother was an elevator operator and patient escort at UCSF in the 1970’s. Her mother worked hospital administration. Now, as a third generation San Francisco native and UCSF employee, she’s bringing her personal history rooted in this community and her deep experience working...

Pharmacists can dispense mifepristone for abortions

August 03, 2021
The FDA restricts mifepristone, a drug used for medication abortion, even though it is very safe. Patients can only get it through a certified provider at a clinic. One possible way to increase access is for pharmacists to provide mifepristone directly to patients. Pharmacists safely provide...

Simple education sessions increase students’ knowledge about birth control

July 27, 2021
Almost all young people know about condoms and birth control pills, but they’re less aware of other options like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. Healthcare providers can be an important source of information, but young people don’t always have access to clinic visits. Many lack insurance...

Peers’ beliefs influence birth control use in rural Kenya

July 20, 2021
Throughout sub-Saharan Africa, a high percentage of women want to stop or delay childbearing but aren’t using birth control. Fear about side effects— real or perceived—is an important barrier to using birth control. One such fear is that contraception causes infertility. Bixby member Erica...

Louisiana abortions decreased at the start of the pandemic

July 13, 2021
Disruptions in the health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted reproductive health services, including abortion. While many abortion clinics remained open and continued to provide care during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, most clinics in Louisiana did not. 

Greater travel distance to abortion services associated with lower abortion rates

July 06, 2021
Many states have implemented policies restricting abortion care clinicians and facilities. Such policies often result in clinic closures and inability to access care, which disproportionately impacts low-income women and non-white women. Clinic closures often result in increased travel to receive...

Reasons for pursuing self-managed abortion vary, as do experiences

June 17, 2021
Interest in self-managed abortion in the US has grown as states pass more restrictive laws. Research in recent years has shown that some people seek to terminate a pregnancy without medical assistance but has mainly focused on talking to people who eventually got an abortion at a clinic. New...

How to reduce anemia among women in rural India

June 09, 2021
More than half of women of reproductive age in India have some level of anemia because they do not have enough healthy red blood cells. Anemia can cause fatigue, lightheadedness, and dizziness, and may be improved by taking iron supplements. Efforts to reduce anemia in India have typically...