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EXPLAINED: Abortion Research & Policy

“Explained: Abortion Research and Policy” is a video series that illuminates the evidence-based effects of restrictive laws, regulations, and policies on women's lives. Each video in this series focuses on a specific area of abortion policy research (e.g. waiting periods, TRAP laws, or parental involvement requirements) and is presented by an ANSIRH expert who conducts cutting-edge research on that topic.

There is a need for rigorous, evidence-based research to be disseminated in straightforward, easy-to-understand language so that policy makers, clinicians, advocates, and the general public can fully understand the impacts of these policies, laws, and regulations on women. “Explained” begins to fill this need.

Watch these informative videos and download accompanying infographics on the UCSF Innovating Education in Reproductive Health website.


  • Abortion safety — Dan Grossman, MD
  • TRAP laws — Dan Grossman, MD
  • Waiting periods: Do women need more time to decide? — Sarah Roberts, PhD
  • Media’s role in shaping abortion attitudes: Why do we think abortion is unsafe? — Gretchen Sisson, PhD
  • Being turned away from having an abortion: What is the real cost of restrictive policies? — Diana Greene Foster, PhD
  • Parental notification: Do they put teens at risk? — Lauren Ralph, PhD
  • Waiting periods: Do women need more time to decide? — Sarah Roberts, DrPH
  • Medication abortion restrictions: Do they protect women or cause complications? — Ushma Uphadyay, PhD
  • Clinician provision: Who can safely perform abortions? — Monica McLemore, RN, PhD
  • Impact of restrictions on clinician practice: Decreasing access for women — Carole Joffe, PhD
  • Effects of abortion on women’s psychological outcomes — M. Antonia Biggs, PhD
  • The effect of faith-based hospitals on women's healthcare — Lori Freedman, PhD
  • Do women regret their abortions? — Corinne Rocca, PhD
  • The impact of restrictions on training — Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS

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