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Catholic OB-GYNs can face moral dilemmas in issues of family planning
A study of Catholic obstetrician-gynecologists shows that many face moral dilemmas when dealing with issues of family planning and abortion due to their religious faith, according researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2020-10-16)

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)

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)

Early Medical Abortion With Mifepristone (RU 486) And Misoprostol Is Highly Acceptable To American Women
Over 2,000 American women, pregnant for 63 days or less, who underwent medical abortion with mifepristone (RU 486) and misoprostol, found the method highly acceptable. Nearly all (96 percent) would recommend the method to others and 91 percent would choose it again, according to an article in the Archives of Family Medicine. (1998-07-15)

Researcher found female candidates are more likely to discuss the economy than males
In a new study published in Politics & Policy, Deserai Crow, PhD, associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs, found significant differences in discussion topics between both party affiliation and gender. Narratives from both Republican and Democratic candidates in 48 U.S. House campaigns from the 2018 midterm election were analyzed in this study. (2020-10-26)

Abortions are safe when performed by advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, study shows
First trimester abortions are just as safe when performed by trained nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives as when conducted by physicians, according to a new six-year study led by UCSF. (2013-01-17)

Female feticide in Canada requires action
Canada should prohibit disclosure of the sex of a fetus until after 30 weeks of pregnancy to combat female feticide which is practiced by some ethnic groups in Canada and the United States, states an editorial in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-01-16)

Canadian researchers identify four barriers to use of 'gold-standard' abortion pill
Canada is the first country to facilitate provision of medical abortion in primary care settings through evidence-based deregulation of mifepristone, which is considered the 'gold standard' for medical abortion. A Canadian study investigated the factors that influence successful initiation and ongoing provision of medical abortion services among Canadian health professionals and how these factors relate to abortion policies, systems and service access throughout the country. (2020-09-15)

Abortion restriction may have new momentum after 40 years of pervading policy
Originally a single-sentence prohibition on Medicaid funding for abortion, the Hyde Amendment has provided the blueprint for ever-expanding prohibitions on public expenditure for the procedure. (2017-03-20)

Online abortion medication demand highest in states with restrictive abortion policies
Demand for abortion medication through online telemedicine in the United States varies by state policy context, according to new peer-reviewed research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin published in the American Journal of Public Health. Requests came from all 50 states, but states with restrictive abortion policy environments tended to have higher volumes of requests than states with supportive abortion policy environments. (2019-10-17)

Research on medical abortion and miscarriage may change international routines
Two scientific studies led by researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet are expected to form the basis of new international recommendations for the treatment of medical abortions and miscarriages. Both studies are being published in the journal 'The Lancet'. (2015-03-27)

Secular countries can expect future economic growth, confirms new study
New research measuring the importance of religion in 109 countries spanning the entire 20th century has reignited an age-old debate around the link between secularisation and economic growth. The study, published in Science Advances, has shown that a decline in religion influences a country's future economic prosperity. (2018-07-18)

The Lancet Psychiatry: Abortion does not increase a woman's risk of attempting suicide
Policies based on the notion that undergoing an abortion causes or increases women's risk of suicide attempts are misinformed, according to the results of a 17-year-long observational study including more than half a million 18 to 36-year-old Danish women who had a first, first-trimester abortion, published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal. The study is the first to compare the risk of women attempting suicide before and after an abortion. (2019-11-19)

COVID-19 affects adolescent and young adults sexual and reproductive health
Social distancing and limited access to contraceptive and abortion care during the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young adults according to a new study. The researchers address how these challenges, as well as peer and romantic relationships, are being navigated. (2020-06-18)

New scientific model can predict moral and political development
A study from a Swedish team of researchers recently published in the social science journal Nature Human Behaviour answers several critical questions on how public opinion changes on moral issues. They have created a scientific model that can predict public opinion changes on moral issues. (2019-08-26)

Are oral medications for vaginal yeast infections safe during pregnancy?
Vaginal yeast infections may occur more commonly during pregnancy, and most are treated with topical medications, or creams. Oral medications are prescribed when topical treatment fails, but the safety of such agents during pregnancy is controversial. A recent review and analysis published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics examined all relevant studies published on this topic. (2019-11-06)

Political 'oil spill': Polarization is growing stronger and getting stickier
Experts have documented that political polarization is intensifying in the United States. However, a Penn State sociologist now suggests that this separation isn't just more intense, but it is also growing broader, coagulating into an ideological slick of opinions. (2020-06-11)

Mother Teresa: Anything but a saint...
The myth of altruism and generosity surrounding Mother Teresa is dispelled in a paper by Serge Larivee and Genevieve Chenard of University of Montreal's Department of Psychoeducation and Carole Senechal of the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Education. (2013-03-01)

Adolescents seeking abortions without parental consent face numerous hurdles
Adolescents under the age of 18 seeking abortions without a parent's consent often undergo a series of humiliating, burdensome and unpredictable hurdles as they try to navigate the legal system, according to a new study led by Kate Coleman-Minahan of the University of Colorado College of Nursing. (2018-09-05)

Political polarization among voters likely to have effect on future health policy
An in-depth analysis of results from 14 national public opinion polls that looked at how Republican and Democratic likely voters in the 2016 presidential election view the health policy issues raised during the election campaign shows that the two parties' voters have markedly different values, priorities, and beliefs about the future of health policy. (2016-10-26)

The Lancet Global Health: Mexico City Policy linked to 40% increase in abortions in sub-Saharan African countries reliant on US foreign aid
The most comprehensive study to measure the impact of the Mexico City policy between 1995 and 2014 finds that abortion rates rose substantially among women in sub-Saharan African countries with high exposure to the policy relative to countries less exposed. In addition, the use of modern contraception declined and pregnancies increased. This pattern of more frequent abortions and lower contraceptive use was reversed after the policy was rescinded, suggesting a causal effect, according to an observational study published in The Lancet Global Health. (2019-06-27)

Doctors And Nurses Must Be Mindful Of Their Jargon
Dr David Hutchon, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist says that the word (1998-10-16)

UChicago study finds young women involve parent in abortion when anticipating support
A recent study from the Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago found that pregnant teens will turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their lives and who will offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision. Young women will avoid talking with parents who are less involved or may try to prevent them from seeking care. (2014-09-15)

Moral decision making is rife with internal conflict, say developmental psychologists
A new in-depth study of moral reasoning challenges the popular notion that people are unable to think through difficult moral problems and rely primarily on automatic 'gut' reactions to make tough decisions. (2018-08-02)

Increased religiosity in countries affects attitudes toward sexual morality, study shows
When a nation's overall levels of religious belief and attendance are high, its citizens voice greater disapproval of divorce, homosexuality, abortion and prostitution -- issues involving sexual morality. But religiosity is less likely to spur such disapproval for cheating on taxes or accepting bribes in public office, says two Penn State researchers. (2003-10-02)

Leading experts in high-risk pregnancies issue report on reproductive health services
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), hosted a two-day workshop entitled 'Reproductive Services for Women at High Risk for Maternal Mortality.' The workshop was held in conjunction with SMFM's 39th Annual Pregnancy Meeting in February 2019 and was co-sponsored by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Fellowship in Family Planning, and Society of Family Planning. A summary of the workshop and its recommendations has been published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2019-08-21)

Religion continues to impact voter decision, MU study finds
Church attendance in western democracies has declined; yet, a new University of Missouri study shows religious beliefs still influence people at the polls. (2011-04-21)

Google search data reveals American's concerns about abortion
Residents of states with limited access to contraceptives and high rates of unplanned pregnancies are more likely to turn to the internet for information about abortion, finds of a new study of Google search data across all 50 states. The same results hold regardless of statewide opinions toward abortion or legal restrictions on abortion access. (2020-05-21)

First analysis of FDA's mifepristone adverse event reports
The abortion drug mifepristone (Mifeprex,TM RU-486), initially touted as a more convenient alternative to surgical abortion, has been linked to serious adverse reactions, including several deaths in otherwise healthy women. In (2005-12-28)

Progesterone from an unexpected source may affect miscarriage risk
Progesterone signaling is key to a healthy pregnancy. An Austrian team's research suggests a link between recurrent miscarriage and disrupted progesterone synthesis. (2020-01-06)

To abort or not to abort -- making difficult choices alone
Some pregnant women are so conflicted about abortion that they don't even talk about it with their own mother. But they would like someone to listen to them talk to about their decision nonetheless. A new study shows that more training for health care providers could help fill that gap. (2019-03-20)

How common are forced first sexual intercourse experiences among US women?
This study estimates 1 in 16 US women had an unwanted first sexual intercourse experience that was physically forced or coerced. In an analysis of nationally representative survey data for 13,310 women, 6.5% of the respondents reported a forced first sexual intercourse encounter, which is equivalent to more than 3.3 million women between the ages of 18 and 44. (2019-09-16)

Why egalitarian values don't catch on in post-Soviet countries
People's values of personal choice, such as their attitudes towards abortion, divorce, and premarital sex, are usually determined their level of education, age, religiosity, and social status. At least this is the case in many countries such as the US and those in Europe. In a recent study, sociologists from HSE University and Max Planck Institute found that in post-Soviet countries, personal values are most determined by people's level of patriotism. http://jourssa.ru/?q=en/Lopatina%20et%20al_2019_4_Article (2020-02-11)

Understanding declining teenage pregnancies in England
Declining rates of teenage pregnancies in England are related to local areas experiencing less youth unemployment, growing Black or South Asian teenage populations, more educational attainment, unaffordable housing, and a lack of available social housing, a recent study has found. (2020-11-10)

Pregnancies ending in abortion do not increase the risk of developing breast cancer
Results of a major international collaboration investigating the relationship between abortion and breast cancer are published in this week's issue of The Lancet. Authors of the study conclude that the totality of the worldwide evidence does not suggest any increase in the risk of developing breast cancer for women who have had a pregnancy that ended in miscarriage or induced abortion. (2004-03-25)

High-quality family planning services stabilise abortion rate in Bangladesh
Results of a Bangladesh population study in this week's issue of THE LANCET highlight how the provision of high-quality family planning services can decrease population growth without an accompanying increase in rates of abortion. (2001-09-27)

Prior abortion does not negatively affect feelings of parental competence
A recent study found that a prior induced abortion did not negatively impact a woman's psychological well-being or her thoughts about her competence as a parent when she later became a mother. (2020-09-23)

Among Puerto Ricans, immigrant status overrated as barrier to adequate prenatal care
Contrary to common perceptions, psychological factors, rather than the liabilities of migration from Puerto Rico, bar Puerto Rican women living in the United States from access to adequate prenatal health care, according to a team of Penn State researchers. (1999-08-07)

Link found between spontaneous abortion and heart disease
For the first time, a specific link has been found between spontaneous abortion and risk of heart disease in later life, according to researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-02-20)

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