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ANSIRH Research Highlights 2019

Welcome to ANSIRH's accomplishments for 2019. We are proud to share our major achievements from the past year, including publications, media mentions, op-eds, awards, legal and legislative briefs, and other highlights.


In 2019, ANSIRH researchers contributed 68 peer-reviewed publications to the field, which appeared in some of the most respected journals of reproductive health, psychology, public health, and beyond.

Below is a list of links to summaries for selected 2019 publications. To access a full list of publications, visit our Journal Articles page.

Media articles featuring ANSIRH

In 2019, our work was featured in nearly 400 media articles – the highest number in a single year in the history of ANSIRH. A few highlights are listed below. Please see our website for a curated list of media articles.


In 2019 we placed 22 op-eds and one New York Times Letter-to-the-Editor (LTE). Titles and links are listed by author below.


In 2019, our faculty received an impressive number of awards celebrating their many professional achievements. Here are some highlights:

Court Hearings and Legislative Briefings

Our faculty participated in a number of court hearings and legislative briefings in 2019. Here is a short list:

  • Daniel Grossman served as an expert witness in Trust Women Foundation v. Bennett, a challenge to a ban on the use of telemedicine for medication abortion in Kansas.
  • Daniel Grossman was an expert witness in Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region v. Mo. Dep’t of Health & Senior Services, an administrative hearing regarding the licensure of the last abortion clinic in Missouri.
  • Daniel Grossman and Ushma Upadhyay testified on behalf of California SB24 the Collect Student Right to Access Act.
  • Antonia Biggs provided rebuttal testimony for a case challenging Tennessee’s mandatory waiting period.
  • Katrina Kimport was a rebuttal expert witness in Whole Woman’s Health Alliance v. Hill, which challenged several abortion restrictions already in place in Indiana.
  • Monica McLemore provided Congressional testimony before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce on protecting Title X and safeguarding quality family planning care.
  • Sarah Roberts and Molly Battistelli testified before the Illinois State Senate in a hearing related to the Illinois Reproductive Health Act.
  • Ushma Upadhyay provided expert testimony for abortion cases in Idaho and Indiana.

Other highlights from 2019

In June, ANSIRH and the Bixby Center, together with other UCSF partners, organized a symposium entitled “Meeting the Needs of Patients Post Roe v. Wade,” bringing together leaders in reproductive health, rights, and justice to discuss how our community should respond to increasingly extreme abortion restrictions sweeping the country. Panelists discussed threats and opportunities related to abortion access and the role that UCSF can play as an academic medical center in a state with good policies. ANSIRH’s research and analysis on topics relevant to a post-Roe landscape, such as self-managed abortion and alternative provision of medication abortion, will continue into 2020.

In 2019, UCSF proposed an institutional partnership with Dignity Health, a Catholic-owned health care system that denies certain services based on religious directives. Dr. Lori Freedman and Dr Daniel Grossman spoke out against the proposal through public comments at meetings of the UC Regents. Dr. Freedman also authored a San Francisco Chronicle op-ed, citing her research on the ways care can be restricted at religiously-affiliated institutions and her concerns about how the partnership would affect UC patients and employees. While the proposed partnership with Dignity was dropped in May as a result of substantial public outcry, UCSF and other UC medical campuses continue to explore ways to partner with Catholic health systems to broaden their network. ANSIRH looks forward to sharing our research that is relevant to this discussion moving forward.

After a hard-fought campaign to bring medication abortion to student health centers on California’s public university campuses, on October 11th, Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 24, the College Right to Access Act, into law. ANSIRH’s research and testimony by Dr. Daniel Grossman and Dr. Ushma Upadhyay, on the barriers students face in accessing medication abortion and the feasibility of offering it on campus, provided critical evidence that helped pass this bill. ANSIRH will continue to provide input as the services are implemented at the university campuses.

On December 2nd, Dr. Sarah Roberts from ANSIRH helped lead the filing of an amicus brief of over 50 leading social scientists, urging the Supreme Court to reject Louisiana’s law requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at hospitals. The brief describes the extensive research on the safety of abortion, the harms of denying people a wanted abortion, and the negative impacts of the law. In anticipation of the oral argument before the Supreme Court on March 4, 2020, ANSIRH will be hosting a webinar for reporters on the impacts of this law, featuring patient, clinic, and research perspectives.


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