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Study: Vulnerable young women of color most likely to need abortion financial assistance
Abortion fund patients who get aid to help pay for abortions are younger and more likely to be African American when compared to general abortion patients in the US, according to the findings of a study just published online in the journal Social Work in Health Care. (2017-01-12)

Access to safe, legal abortion improves the health of women
When abortion is made legal, safe and easily accessible, women's health rapidly improves, according to the fourth paper in the Online/Series published today. (2006-10-31)

Researchers see stress and trauma in women's stories about abortion
A University at Buffalo-led research team has used public narratives, an increasingly popular form of person-centered advocacy offering a forum for sharing previously untold stories, to study the undue stress experienced by women in relation to abortion. (2019-06-07)

Later abortion increased in Texas after House Bill 2
A new study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP) finds that the number of second-trimester abortions in Texas increased 13 percent after the implementation of the restrictive abortion law known as House Bill 2 (HB 2), even as the total number of abortions declined by 18 percent. (2019-03-13)

Pregnancy poses no greater risk to breast cancer survivors
A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates that pregnancy does not incur a greater risk of relapse for survivors of breast cancer. (2017-10-26)

Cannabis to treat gynecological conditions
A significant number of women would consider using cannabis to treat gynecological conditions, primarily gynecological pain. (2020-11-12)

'Pro-life' policy threatens US HIV/AIDS initiative
The US Government's pledge of $15 billion over five years to tackle HIV/AIDS in the world's most afflicted countries could be compromised by its own pro-life stance against abortion, comments this week's editorial in The Lancet. (2003-03-13)

Researchers offer perspective on legal, ethical implications of lost eggs and embryos
Three medical and legal scholars discussed the implications of one couple's wrongful death suit seeking compensation for the March 2018 loss at a fertility center of more than 4,000 frozen eggs and embryos. (2018-11-19)

OU study explores sexuality & gender gaps in political perspectives among college students
Meredith Worthen has published a new study in the journal, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, on sexuality and gender gaps in political perspectives among lesbian, gay, bisexual, mostly heterosexual and heterosexual college students in the southern United States. Worthen confirms a clear 'sexuality gap' between exclusive heterosexuals and all others as well as gender gaps among mostly heterosexual and lesbian, gay and bisexual students, though some gaps are in the opposite direction from the results expected. (2018-12-05)

Nepal: 15 years after legalizing abortions, gaps in access, equity, quality continue to exist
Nepal is often heralded as a model of successful implementation and rapid scale-up of safe abortion services. Yet despite the legalization of the procedure in 2002, challenges continue to exist for women who want to obtain a safe, legal abortion. In a new perspective piece in the Health and Human Rights Journal, researchers discuss where gaps in access, equity and quality of abortion services threaten the realization of reproductive rights. (2017-06-08)

Physician procedure volume linked to outcomes after surgical abortion
Although surgically induced abortion is a low-risk procedure, women whose physician infrequently performs it have almost twice the risk of severe complications, found new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2019-05-13)

Women denied abortion initially report more negative psychological outcomes
Women who were denied an abortion initially reported less psychological well-being compared with women who received the wanted procedure, findings that researchers suggest do not support policies restricting women's access to abortion on the basis that the procedure harms their mental health, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-12-14)

Breakthrough in sex-chromosome regulation
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have uncovered a chromosome-wide mechanism that keeps the gene expression of sex chromosomes in balance in our cells. The findings shed light on molecular reasons for early miscarriage and could be important for the emerging field of regenerative medicine. The study is published in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology. (2019-10-03)

Pandemic has widened existing gaps in access to abortion services across Europe
The coronavirus pandemic has widened existing gaps in access to abortion services across Europe, finds a review of country-wide policy changes in response to COVID-19, published in the journal BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. (2020-10-08)

Texas laws would limit access to abortions and create grave risk to the public health
Nearly 60 leaders in the field of public health submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court last week arguing that two Texas laws restricting abortion clinics creates a 'grave risk to public health.' (2016-01-14)

Passive smoking linked to increased miscarriage, stillbirth, and ectopic pregnancy risk
Passive smoking is linked to a significantly increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and ectopic pregnancy, finds a large observational study published online in Tobacco Control. (2014-02-26)

Eating disorders often associated with reproductive health problems
Women with eating disorders are less likely to have children than others in the same age group, indicates a study conducted at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The likelihood for miscarriage was more than triple for binge-eating disorder sufferers and the likelihood of abortion more than double for bulimics than others in the same age group. (2013-10-08)

Moongoose females compete over reproduction
A new study on wild banded mongooses reveals that females may use spontaneous abortion to cope with reproductive competition, and to save their energy for future breeding attempts in better conditions. (2019-12-13)

'Informed consent' states often give women considering abortions inaccurate information
Women considering abortions are getting medically inaccurate information nearly a third of the time in states that require doctors to provide informed consent materials to their patients, according to a Rutgers study. (2016-02-29)

Teenage birth rates higher in more religious states
Rates of births to teenage mothers are strongly predicted by conservative religious beliefs, even after controlling for differences in income and rates of abortion. Researchers writing in BioMed Central's open access journal Reproductive Health have found a strong association between teenage birth rates and state-level measures of religiosity in the US. (2009-09-16)

Official abortion rate declined in Texas after law restricted access to clinics
In Texas, increases in travel distance to the nearest abortion clinic caused by clinic closures were closely associated with decreases in the official number of abortions. (2017-01-19)

New insights into neural tube defects
Environmental and genetic factors lead to neural tube defects in 1 in every 1,000 births and cause 1 in 20 of every spontaneous abortion. A study in this week's issue of Nature is the first to report on the molecular mechanism that directs cells to migrate to the correct local within the developing neural tube of vertebrates. (2006-01-11)

Morning after pill linked to increase in STIs, study shows
Offering the morning after pill free over the counter has not reduced the number of teenage pregnancies and may be associated with a rise in sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), according to a report by experts at The University of Nottingham. (2011-01-31)

New study shows use of medication abortion rebounded in Texas after FDA label change
Proportion of medication abortion plummeted after House Bill 2, bounced back after FDA label change on abortion medication mifepristone. (2019-02-25)

Donald or Hillary? Why listening to them makes a difference to voters
Does listening to Donald Trump's or Hillary Clinton's opinions humanize them to voters more than reading their opinions? A new study examining people's reactions to those with differing political views and found that when they watch or listen to those with opposing opinions, rather than read about them, they tend to view them as more thoughtful, competent, and rational -- that is, more human. (2016-10-05)

Does political party trump ideology?
With party and ideology so closely intertwined, the question has in the past been nearly impossible to pin down, but a new study shows that a person's policy positions are quite malleable when told that leaders of their political party support a different position. (2018-12-18)

Life expectancy may affect when you get married, divorced, have kids: Queen's University study
Major life decisions such as marriage, divorce, abortion, having a child and attending university may be subconsciously influenced by how long people believe they will live, according to a Queen's University study. (2012-04-09)

10 million 'missing' female births in India due to selective abortion
Over the past two decades around 10 million female fetuses may have been aborted in India, according to a study published online today (Monday January 9, 2006) by The Lancet. (2006-01-08)

Seed abortion and the role of RNA Pol IV in seed development
In this newly released article in The Plant Cell, researchers find that in Arabidopsis plants, the abortion of seeds with extra genomes is caused by the enzyme RNA Pol IV and the RNA-directed DNA methylation pathway, a major gene-silencing pathway in plants. (2019-05-07)

New research provides insight into why US residents seek abortion medication online
Seeking abortion medications online can be a response to clinic access barriers both in states with and without restrictive abortion laws and can occur when self-managed abortion is preferred over clinical care. Researchers found that online options either offer information about how to correctly and safely use abortion medications or sell the required medications, but not both, and lack of trusted online options can delay care and lead to consideration of ineffective or unsafe alternatives. (2018-07-11)

Believing the future will be favorable may prevent action
People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of view over time, according to findings from a series of studies published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The findings show that this 'belief in a favorable future' holds across various contexts and cultures, shedding light on some of the causes and consequences of the political polarization evident today. (2017-08-03)

Increase in distance to nearest abortion facility in Texas associated with decline in abortions
In Texas counties without an abortion facility in 2014, an increase in distance to the nearest facility was associated with a decline in abortions between 2012 and 2014, according to a study published online by JAMA. (2017-01-19)

While adolescents may reason as well as adults, their emotional maturity lags, says new research
A 16-year-old might be quite capable of making an informed decision about whether to end a pregnancy -- a decision likely to be made after due consideration and consultation with an adult -- but this same adolescent may not possess the maturity to be held to adult levels of responsibility if she commits a violent crime, according to new research into adolescent psychological development. (2009-10-07)

Study finds provider capacity to expand abortion -- implications for access during COVID-19
Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that interest in abortion care among advance practice clinicians (APCs) in Colorado is substantial, though barriers must be addressed in order to increase access with APCs (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician's assistants). (2020-04-22)

Call to action to tackle global health impact of child prostitution
Authors of a review article in this week's issue of THE LANCET are calling on health professionals to join forces with NGOs, governments, and UN agencies to establish an international campaign against child prostitution. (2002-04-18)

Emergency contraception fails to halt abortions
Easy availability of emergency contraception does not have a notable effect on rates of pregnancy and abortion, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2006-09-14)

Gender difference in moral judgments rooted in emotion, not reasoning, study finds
Men, relative to women, show a stronger preference for utilitarian over deontological judgments, according to a new meta-analysis of 40 studies. (2015-04-03)

International law fails to protect pregnant women in war zones, argue doctors
Deaths from violent conflict and lack of available care are major causes of mortality among pregnant women in war zones, warn doctors in an editorial published in The BMJ today. (2016-04-20)

Conscience, religion alter how doctors tell patients about options
Many physicians feel no obligation to tell patients about legal but morally controversial medical treatments or to refer patients to doctors who do not object to those treatments. While 86 percent felt obliged to present all options, only 71 percent said they felt obligated to refer the patient to a doctor who did not object to the requested procedure, and 63 percent believed it is permissible for doctors to describe their objections to the patient. (2007-02-07)

Early medical abortion using medication and online telemedicine can be effective and safe
Medical abortion using online telemedicine and self-administered medication can be highly effective and safe, and outcomes compare favorably with in-clinic protocols. Reported rates of adverse events are low. Women are able to self-identify symptoms of potentially serious complications, and most report seeking medical attention when advised. Results have important implications for women living in areas where access to abortion is restricted. (2017-05-16)

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