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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)

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)

Fake news can lead to false memories
Voters may form false memories after seeing fabricated news stories, especially if those stories align with their political beliefs, according to a new study. The researchers suggest the findings indicate how voters may be influenced in upcoming political contests like the 2020 US presidential race. (2019-08-21)

Political campaigns may influence acceptance of violence against women
Nicole Johnson, assistant professor of counseling psychology at Lehigh University, set out to examine the influence, both positive and negative, of presidential campaigns, voting behavior, and candidate selection, on social views of rape culture. (2019-08-15)

It's not you, it's the network
The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias -- peoples' tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Many psychologists attribute the source of these biases to faulty cognitive processes like 'wishful thinking' or 'social projection,' but according to a study published August 12, 2019 in Nature Human Behavior, the structure of our social networks might offer a simpler explanation. (2019-08-12)

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)

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)

US abortion politics: How did we get here and where are we headed?
After Roe v. Wade, the pro-life movement accelerated rapidly, describes Munson in a new paper, 'Protest and Religion: The US Pro-Life Movement,' published last week in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. In the article, Munson explores religion as a key force shaping?and being shaped by the pro-life movement. (2019-06-03)

Structural sexism: FSU researcher offers new perspective on gender and health inequality
In a new study published in the American Sociological Review, FSU Assistant Professor Patricia Homan developed a new structural sexism approach to the study of gender inequality and health. Her approach goes beyond sexist mistreatment by individuals to examine how the degree of systematic gender inequality in power and resources -- i.e. structural sexism -- in a society can impact people's health. (2019-05-29)

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)

Obesity in early pregnancy linked to pregnancy complications
In a prospective study published in Obesity of 18,481 pregnant women in China who had never given birth before, obesity in early pregnancy was linked to higher risks of spontaneous abortion, preterm birth, and large birth weight in newborns. (2019-05-09)

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)

Massachusetts parental consent law leads to delays for minors seeking abortions
Few studies have examined the impact that the judicial bypass process may have on delaying care for minors seeking abortion. A new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital addresses this question, using a retrospective cohort to quantify abortion delays associated with the judicial bypass process. (2019-04-09)

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)

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)

How the global gag rule stifles free speech
A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having a chilling effect, dampening debate, advocacy, and collaboration around abortion and other sexual and reproductive rights. (2019-03-07)

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)

One in 4 women at sexual health clinics reports coercion over their reproductive lives
As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a review of the available evidence, published today in BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health. (2019-01-07)

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)

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)

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)

Parents, kids actually agree about confidential medical care
Parents and their adolescent children actually agree with each other about preventive care and confidential medical services, except for abortion. Doctors, however, disagree. (2018-11-14)

Restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland affect women's health, study shows
Despite a policy change to provide free abortion services for women traveling from Northern Ireland to clinics in Great Britain, Northern Irish women still experience multiple barriers accessing care. The study also found that some women preferred to use medication from online telemedicine services to self-manage their own abortions at home, but that the experience is dominated by fear and isolation due to the risk of prosecution. (2018-10-19)

'Domestic gag rule' will negatively impact women's health care
Texas study points to adverse impact of proposed federal title x guidelines on abortion counseling and referrals. (2018-10-11)

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)

Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have almost double the rate of repeat pregnancy
Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have nearly double the rate of having another baby within a year of delivering compared to women without such disabilities, according to a new study published in CMAJ. (2018-08-13)

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)

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)

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)

Do abortion-related complications differ based on facility where done?
Performing an abortion in an ambulatory surgery center instead of in an office-based setting was not associated with a significant difference in abortion-related complications such as infection and hemorrhage. (2018-06-26)

Study suggests bias for sons remains among second-generation women of South Asian descent
A preference for male children persists among second-generation mothers of South Asian descent, according to new study that found a skewed ratio of male-to-female babies born to these women in Ontario. (2018-06-21)

No link found between oral antifungal drug and stillbirth
New research from a Swedish and Norwegian team of researchers led from Karolinska Institutet does not support a suggested link between treatment with the oral antifungal drug fluconazole during pregnancy and an increased risk of stillbirth. The study is published in the prestigious medical journal JAMA. (2018-06-13)

Women's basic rights under threat from Trump gag rule, warn experts
The Trump administration is mounting a ferocious attack on abortion rights with plans for a domestic gag rule on abortion counselling and provision, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2018-06-13)

Many US women don't realize they're seeking reproductive care at Catholic hospitals
More than one-third of women who go to a Catholic hospital for reproductive care aren't aware they're seeking obstetrical and gynecological care at a facility that may have limited health care options due to its religious affiliation. (2018-06-05)

Having an abortion does not lead to depression
Having an abortion does not increase a woman's risk for depression, according to a new University of Maryland School of Public Health-led study of nearly 400,000 women. Previous research has found abortion does not harm women's mental health, yet studies claiming that it does have been used to justify state policies that restrict access to abortion in the US. This study's findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, suggest those policies are misguided. (2018-05-30)

Don't force women to risk death, injury by having a baby
A QUT legal academic says abortion can be decriminalised without society and governments making a moral judgement. (2018-05-24)

Identification of bovine IVF embryos without chromosome abnormalities by live-cell imaging
Research groups of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Kindai University, FUSO Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. and NARO succeeded in selecting viable bovine IVF embryos by long-term live cell imaging. This technique revealed that bovine IVF embryos judged morphologically transferable according to the criteria of the International Embryo Technology Society have chromosomal abnormalities in about half of those. Following transfer of the selected two embryos without any abnormalities, pregnancies were observed in all recipients. (2018-05-10)

Women should have right to reject pregnancy
In a new paper published in The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, QUT's Dr Andrew McGee and his co-authors argue that, despite decades of debate, advocates and opponents of abortion have been unable to demonstrate conclusively that either side's view is false, or agree on when life starts. He says laws should not force women to risk death and injury by having a baby. (2018-05-03)

Should states support pregnant teens and their babies?
The majority of US adults with children agree that state support for pregnant teens is a good investment but want to see teens meet certain criteria -- including taking parenting classes -- before receiving assistance. (2018-04-16)

Do Democrat and Republican doctors treat patients differently at the end of life?
Despite deep rifts in health care opinions across party lines, a physician's party affiliation appears to have no effect on clinical decisions in end-of-life care. Researchers found no cross-party differences among physicians in their choice of care protocols, including the intensity of life-sustaining treatments, among terminally ill patients. (2018-04-11)

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