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Risks of later abortions on subsequent births
New research published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica indicates that a prior induced abortion poses only a very small risk of negative effects on births from subsequent pregnancies, but the risk is higher if the abortion is performed later in the pregnancy. (2020-03-04)

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)

Mental distress due to abortion lasts for years
Women who have had an abortion still experience mental distress related to the abortion years after it happened. A study published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine reveals that five years on, women who have had an abortion suffer higher levels of mental distress than other women and than women who have had a miscarriage. (2005-12-11)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

'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)

UK addresses funding gap created by US anti-abortion stance
During the past 5 years, organisations such as the International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and Marie Stopes International have lost millions of dollars in funding because of the US's strict anti-abortion stance, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2006-02-16)

NYU study points to perception divide in abortion: Whom we think we know
Pro-life Americans are less likely to hear about the abortions women they know have had than are pro-choice Americans, a New York University study shows. The findings point to a previously unexplored divide on the abortion issue: differences in perceptions of those we associate with. (2014-11-03)

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)

Working group urges better access to safe abortion, in developing world
On International Safe Abortion Day, Sept. 28, an international research group reports in a new paper with senior author Leontine Alkema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst that out of the 55.7 million abortions that are estimated to have occurred each year between 2010 and 2014, almost half (45.1 percent) were unsafe. Further, they found that the global proportion of unsafe abortions is significantly higher in developing countries than developed countries, 49.5 percent vs. 12.5 percent. (2017-09-27)

Distance patients must travel illustrates growing inaccessibility of abortion
Abortion fund recipients who have to travel out of state for an abortion travel roughly 10 times farther for their procedures than patients able to get care in their homes states. (2017-06-09)

Women's Perspective On Abortion More Complex Than Earlier Thought
A new study finds that women's attitudes toward abortion -- and toward media depictions of abortion -- are far more complex than previously thought. Social class, for example, both links and divides women's views on the controversial issue, and television representations of abortion are well received by some groups of women, strongly resented by others. (1999-05-06)

International team explores the stigma surrounding abortion
A national health journal publishes a paper by a team of researchers that is launching a new direction for research into the social stigma surrounding abortion. (2011-06-28)

Depression after unintended pregnancy is linked to abortion
Depression among women after an unintended first pregnancy is linked to whether they abort or carry to term, conclude researchers from the United States, in this week's BMJ. (2002-01-17)

Doctors who perform abortions are compelled by conscience, just like those who refuse
University of Michigan bioethicist, gynecologist says providers have moral reasons for offering abortions, in essay published in New England Journal of Medicine. (2012-09-13)

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)

Women in developed world still face many barriers to early abortion
Women in developed countries still find it very difficult to get an abortion in early pregnancy, despite facing fewer legal constraints than in other parts of the world, concludes an analysis of the available evidence, published in the Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. (2015-06-25)

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)

Abortion does not raise risk of depression
Claims that terminating an unwanted first pregnancy raises the risk of depression is called into question in a study published online by the BMJ today. In fact, the authors suggest that abortion may be linked to a lower risk of depression through beneficial effects on education, income, and family size. (2005-10-27)

One in 10 Ohio women thought abortion illegal amid attempts to ban at 6 weeks
Though Ohio never formally enacted a so-called ''heartbeat bill'' banning abortions after six weeks of gestation, legislative and legal actions appear to have fueled beliefs that abortion is illegal in the state, a new study has found. (2021-02-17)

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)

Online abortion service can offer alternative to unsafe methods to end pregnancy
Early medical abortion using online telemedicine can offer an alternative to unsafe methods to end a pregnancy for women in countries where access to safe abortion is restricted, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2017-05-16)

More protests against abortion pill
After a ten-year fight, the anti-abortion pill is now legal in the US. But supporters of the pill RU486 fear that anti- abortion campaigners may now target the supply of a second drug that has to be taken two days after RU486. (2000-10-24)

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)

Are young men and women divided over housework, abortion?
Young people from 10 countries around the world have shared their views on housework and abortion issues in a new study from the University of Adelaide, Australia. (2008-08-13)

Welfare-Reform, Abortion-Restriction Policies
Create Paradoxical Outcome

Recent welfare reform legislation and new restrictions on abortion may have worked at cross purposes to boost the number of families headed by single mothers, according to a Penn State study. (1998-08-25)

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)

Physicians Campaign Doomed Practice Of Midwifery
Why and how did midwives disappear from the United States by 1930? Many reasons have been given, the most recent one being that the medical profession used the illegality of abortion and scandal in the press to restrict their competitors. So says ascholar who has examined the way midwives and abortion became linked in the Progressive Era. (1996-09-04)

Zika warnings lead to 'significant' increase in demand for abortion in Latin America
Health warnings about complications related to Zika virus significantly increased demand for abortions in Latin American countries, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. However, in many of these countries, abortion is either illegal or highly restricted, leaving pregnant women with few options and potentially driving women to use unsafe methods, access abortion drugs without medical supervision or visit underground providers. (2016-06-22)

Use evidence to inform Isle of Man draft abortion bill debate, urge researchers
The most up to date evidence shows that women in the Isle of Man need full spectrum, accessible abortion services, free of any age or timing restrictions, conclude researchers in an editorial, published online in BMJ Sexual and Reproductive Health. (2018-01-22)

First of its kind study seeks to answer whether effects of 'abortion pill' can be reversed
Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a UC Davis Health study finds. Researchers found this is true even for women who use an experimental treatment that claims to 'reverse' the effects of the abortion pill. The study, published today in Obstetrics and Gynecology, provides important insights into the safety of using high doses of progesterone during early pregnancy to try to stop a medical abortion. (2019-12-05)

National study: Abortion does not cause depression or low self-esteem in adolescents
A new study has determined that teenagers who have abortions are no more likely to become depressed or have low self-esteem than their peers whose pregnancies do not end in abortion. (2010-09-24)

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)

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)

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)

Access to abortion in Africa and Latin America: a question of public health and social inequality
Aiming to gain a better understanding of the situation of abortion in Africa and Latin America, a research team jointly involving IRD and (2008-06-04)

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)

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