ANSIRH—Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health

Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health—ANSIRH—works to ensure that reproductive health care and policy are grounded in evidence. ANSIRH’s multi-disciplinary team includes clinicians, researchers and scholars in the fields of sociology, demography, anthropology, medicine, nursing, public health, and law. ANSIRH is a program of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health.

 

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  • New Turnaway Study publications, one looking at abortion decision rightness and emotional responses and the other examining depression and anxiety symptoms, find no evidence of “post-abortion trauma syndrome.”

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  • Katrina Kimport's book Queering Marriage: Challenging Family Formation in the United States wins the Charles Tilly Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award for 2015! Read more about the Queering Marriage.

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  • A new ANSIRH study found that women traveled from throughout the South, the Midwest, and parts of the Northeast to obtain post 20-week abortion care in Georgia, showing that the effects of state laws can extend well beyond that state. See infographic.

    ANSIRH study finds that a 2012 law that restricts later abortion care in Georgia impacts women throughout the South, the Midwest, and parts of the Northeast

  • This ANSIRH study shows that the Louisiana Admitting Privileges Law would drastically limit abortion access. ANSIRH researchers found that the law would force three-quarters of the state’s women to travel 150 miles or more each way for services.

    A Louisiana law that could close all of the state’s abortion facilities by requiring providers to have hospital admitting privileges would force three-quarters of the state’s women to travel 150 miles or more each way for services, an analysis by ANSIRH researchers has found

  • Making oral contraceptive pills available over the counter could increase contraceptive use and reduce both unintended pregnancies and associated contraceptive and pregnancy costs among low-income women, ANSIRH researchers find.

    Researchers at ANSIRH/UCSF and Ibis Reproductive Health have just published a study in Contraception on how making oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) available without a prescription could affect contraceptive use, unintended pregnancies and associated contraceptive and pregnancy costs among low-income women.

  • We've just updated our calendar of events. If you haven't checked it out, you should! It's a comprehensive list of events related to reproductive health, and a good way to keep up to date on deadlines for submitting abstracts.

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  • The first paper deriving from ANSIRH's Global Turnaway Study—“Denial of abortion in legal settings”—was published online in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, December 15, 2014.

    The first paper deriving from ANSIRH's Global Turnaway Study -- “Denial of abortion in legal settings” -- was published online in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, December 15, 2014.

  • In the most comprehensive look yet at the safety of abortion, ANSIRH researchers have found that major complications occur in less than a quarter of a percent of all abortions, about the same frequency as major complications in colonoscopies.

    New study from ANSIRH shows that major complications after abortion are very rare

Key Programs

Turnaway Study. A look at the consequences of abortion for women who have an unwanted pregnancy. Read more…
Primary Care Initiative. Research into policy changes that would allow a broad range of clinicians to provide first-trimester aspiration abortion as a component of primary health care. Read more…
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