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Issue briefs

Abortion

Hossain A
Moseson H
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Biswas KK
Effects of being denied safe MR in Bangladesh. October 2016.

Many women who are denied menstrual regulation services go on to seek unsafe abortion: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services.

Impact of Ohio’s law mandating use of the FDA-approved protocol for medication abortion. August 2016.

In 2011, an Ohio law took effect mandating the use of an outdated Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved protocol for medication abortion. ANSIRH researchers found that women who had medication abortions after the law were three times more likely to require additional medical treatments to complete the abortion. The law change in Ohio restricted medical practice to a protocol that did not result in improved health outcomes for women.

Safety and effectiveness of first-trimester medication abortion in the United States. August 2016.

Since mifepristone was first approved in 2000, state legislatures have passed a number of laws that restrict access to medication abortion. Medication abortion, however, is both extremely safe and highly effective. This brief reviews research findings on medication abortion safety and effectiveness, and on guidelines for provision of medication abortion, including via telemedicine and by advanced practice clinicians.

Turnaway Study annotated bibliography. August 2016.

The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s ground-breaking longitudinal study examining the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. This brief provides both an introduction to the study and an annotated bibliography.

Hajri S
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Baum SE
La Recherche en Santé Reproductive: le briefing. April 2016.

Des opportunités  existent à améliorer l’accès aux services d’avortement.

Turok DK
Belusa E
Combellick S
Women’s experiences with a 72-hour waiting period for abortion. March 2016.

This brief summarizes our study in Utah on 72-hour waiting periods, which examined women’s decision-making, costs associated with each visit, actual wait times between the information visit and the abortion, and, through follow-up interviews, captures the voices of some of the 500 women who took part in the study identifying the hardest part of waiting and of making two visits.

Harries J
Momberg M
Gerdts C
Denial of legal abortion in South Africa. March 2016.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in South Africa.

Puri M
Vohra D
Gerdts C
Effects of being denied legal abortion in Nepal. November 2015.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in Nepal.

Safety of abortion in the United States. December 2014.

Using billing data from California's state Medicaid program, ANSIRH researchers were able to analyze data for nearly 55,000 abortions, including all health care for up to six weeks after the abortion at any clinical site, including emergency rooms and hospitals. The results indicate that abortion is extremely safe, with less than a third the complications of wisdom tooth extraction. 

What do we know about women who get later abortions? July 2014.

This brief summarizes data on who seeks later abortions and why, as well as the the causes of delay in seeking an abortion. It draws on research conducted by ANSIRH in 2013 and provides a bibliography of other research.

Contraception

Ultrasound viewing in abortion care. June 2014.

In recent years, a number of states have enacted regulations mandating specific ultrasound procedures before abortion. ANSIRH conducted a variety of studies to better understand the use and experience of ultrasound viewing in the abortion care setting. They found that many patients do want to view their ultrasound image and that they have a variety of emotional responses—but that the vast majority proceed to termination whether they view the ultrasound or not.

Interest in the pericoital pill. July 2011.

This short brief summarizes preliminary data from interviewing women in family planning clinics about their interest in the pericoital pill. The take-home message is that there is a large demand for the pill, but many women will be unable to access it unless it is available without a prescription.

International

Hossain A
Moseson H
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Biswas KK
Effects of being denied safe MR in Bangladesh. October 2016.

Many women who are denied menstrual regulation services go on to seek unsafe abortion: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services.

Hajri S
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Baum SE
La Recherche en Santé Reproductive: le briefing. April 2016.

Des opportunités  existent à améliorer l’accès aux services d’avortement.

Harries J
Momberg M
Gerdts C
Denial of legal abortion in South Africa. March 2016.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in South Africa.

Puri M
Vohra D
Gerdts C
Effects of being denied legal abortion in Nepal. November 2015.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in Nepal.

Policy

Impact of Ohio’s law mandating use of the FDA-approved protocol for medication abortion. August 2016.

In 2011, an Ohio law took effect mandating the use of an outdated Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved protocol for medication abortion. ANSIRH researchers found that women who had medication abortions after the law were three times more likely to require additional medical treatments to complete the abortion. The law change in Ohio restricted medical practice to a protocol that did not result in improved health outcomes for women.

Safety and effectiveness of first-trimester medication abortion in the United States. August 2016.

Since mifepristone was first approved in 2000, state legislatures have passed a number of laws that restrict access to medication abortion. Medication abortion, however, is both extremely safe and highly effective. This brief reviews research findings on medication abortion safety and effectiveness, and on guidelines for provision of medication abortion, including via telemedicine and by advanced practice clinicians.

Turok DK
Belusa E
Combellick S
Women’s experiences with a 72-hour waiting period for abortion. March 2016.

This brief summarizes our study in Utah on 72-hour waiting periods, which examined women’s decision-making, costs associated with each visit, actual wait times between the information visit and the abortion, and, through follow-up interviews, captures the voices of some of the 500 women who took part in the study identifying the hardest part of waiting and of making two visits.

Safety of abortion in the United States. December 2014.

Using billing data from California's state Medicaid program, ANSIRH researchers were able to analyze data for nearly 55,000 abortions, including all health care for up to six weeks after the abortion at any clinical site, including emergency rooms and hospitals. The results indicate that abortion is extremely safe, with less than a third the complications of wisdom tooth extraction. 

Religious restrictions and reproductive health. June 2014.

Over the past decade, Catholic hospitals have merged with and purchased nonsectarian hospitals around the United States, becoming leading players in the nation’s health care industry. Catholic hospitals receive billions of taxpayer dollars each year and have a combined gross patient revenue of $213.7 billion. The standards of medical care put forth in the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services not only restrict choices about abortion and contraception, but reduce access to evidence-based reproductive health services as a whole. This brief explains how.

Turnaway

Hossain A
Moseson H
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Biswas KK
Effects of being denied safe MR in Bangladesh. October 2016.

Many women who are denied menstrual regulation services go on to seek unsafe abortion: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services.

Turnaway Study annotated bibliography. August 2016.

The Turnaway Study is ANSIRH’s ground-breaking longitudinal study examining the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. This brief provides both an introduction to the study and an annotated bibliography.

Hajri S
Raifman S
Gerdts C
Baum SE
La Recherche en Santé Reproductive: le briefing. April 2016.

Des opportunités  existent à améliorer l’accès aux services d’avortement.

Harries J
Momberg M
Gerdts C
Denial of legal abortion in South Africa. March 2016.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in South Africa.

Puri M
Vohra D
Gerdts C
Effects of being denied legal abortion in Nepal. November 2015.

Many women who are denied legal abortion care go on to seek unsafe alternatives: further study could help identify strategies to improve access to safe abortion services in Nepal.

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