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ANSIRH's Abortion Onscreen project examines portrayals of abortion on television over the last 10 years

Television storylines are, by design, more dramatic, bizarre, and fantastical than real life—and abortion storylines are no exception. Yet, when it comes to examining who gets (or thinks about getting) an abortion on TV, and how they compare to real women seeking abortion care, these fictional characters can impact how real world abortion patients are understood by the viewing public. These portrayals can skew political perceptions of women seeking abortion care, and contribute to ongoing abortion stigma.

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Projections and opinions from 100 experts in long-acting reversible contraception

Experts on LARC, or long acting reversible contraception, think that there is significant room for growth in LARC uptake, but no universal belief in LARC as a “magic bullet.” In addition, there is virtually no support among LARC experts for potentially coercive policies aimed at incentivizing LARC provision or use.

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The effect of abortion on having and achieving aspirational one-year plans

A new Turnaway Study analysis shows that women who received an abortion were more likely to have a positive outlook on the future and achieve aspirational life plans within one year than women denied an abortion. Women who had abortions had six times higher odds of expressing a positive life plan for the coming year than women who were denied abortion and carried the pregnancy to term. Positive life plans included goals related to education, employment, and living situation. 

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ANSIRH joins in celebrating 15 years of FDA approval for Mifepristone

ANSIRH Director, Dan Grossman, MD, wrote an op-ed for Newsweek titled “Hampering This Safe Abortion Method Is Cruel and Wrong,” and ANSIRH staff authored four papers in the special mifepristone anniversary issue of Contraception and published a new blog post on mifepristone.

In addition, read the new blog “Mifepristone at 15 : A cup half full” by ANSIRH researchers Ushma Upadhyay and Carole Joffe.

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ANSIRH welcomes Dr. Dan Grossman as our new Director

We are pleased to announce that our new Director, Dr. Dan Grossman, has assumed the helm at ANSIRH starting September 1, 2015. Dan's research is aimed at improving access to contraception and safe abortion, as well as evaluating the impact of integrating reproductive health and HIV services. As a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF, Dan will be performing clinical work at San Francisco General Hospital. He will also continue his close collaboration with Ibis Reproductive Health in a new role as a Senior Advisor. 

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New ANSIRH studies find no evidence of "post-abortion trauma syndrome"

Two new Turnaway Study studies have been published:  "Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: a Longitudinal Study,"  published in PLOS ONE on July 8, 2015, and "A comparison of depression and anxiety symptom trajectories between women who had an abortion and women denied one," published in Psychological Medicine in July 2015. Both studies found no evidence of widespread “post-abortion trauma syndrome,” often cited by abortion opponents as a harmful mental health consequence of abortion.

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ANSIRH study shows state-level abortion restrictions have regional effects

A new ANSIRH study showed that, prior to the state's 2012 law limiting later abortion, women traveled from throughout the South, the Midwest, and parts of the Northeast to obtain post 20-week abortion care in Georgia. This finding illustrates that when a type of abortion care is already scarce in a geographic region, banning it in one state has an impact on women’s health and access well beyond that state.

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