ANSIRH Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) is a collaborative research group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

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"The universality of the white, pregnant teen drives how we talk about abortion, yet these narratives don’t reflect real...
03/11/2021
Abortion Films Show the Detriment of the Single Story

"The universality of the white, pregnant teen drives how we talk about abortion, yet these narratives don’t reflect reality...Although teen pregnancies account for only 12 percent of abortions in the United States, one-third of 2020’s abortion films depicted teenagers."

White girl protagonists become stand-ins for a “universal” experience.

New ANSIRH data shows that people seeking abortions in states that do not provide Medicaid coverage for abortion procedu...
02/26/2021

New ANSIRH data shows that people seeking abortions in states that do not provide Medicaid coverage for abortion procedures were almost twice as likely to experience delayed access to care: bit.ly/3uxJUBd

ANSIRH's Carole Joffe on the financial barriers to accessing abortion care: "The most central fact about abortion in the...
02/12/2021
COVID-19 is amplifying abortion access disparities across the US | Scienceline

ANSIRH's Carole Joffe on the financial barriers to accessing abortion care: "The most central fact about abortion in the United States at this moment is that the majority of abortion patients are poor."

Some states have boosted access to no-contact medication abortion during the pandemic, while others have shut clinic operations down.

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02/02/2021

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Research shows that access to safe abortion care is critical for women's health and wellbeing. Findings from our Turnawa...
01/29/2021

Research shows that access to safe abortion care is critical for women's health and wellbeing. Findings from our Turnaway Study show that women who are denied abortions suffer significant, negative consequences: turnawaystudy.com

01/28/2021

Abortion is an extremely safe procedure. Our researchers analyzed health data from over 50,000 abortion procedures:

👉 96.7% of patients had NO complications.
👉 Only 3% experienced a minor complication
👉 Only 0.3% experienced a serious complication

ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman & Texas Policy Evaluation Project's Kari White: "The Biden administration has an opportunity to...
01/25/2021
Biden should support abortion access during COVID-19 and beyond

ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman & Texas Policy Evaluation Project's Kari White: "The Biden administration has an opportunity to ensure that one’s ability to obtain abortion care is unencumbered by restrictions that are out of step with scientific evidence and contribute to disparities in access."

Essential health care, including abortion care, should be available to everyone — even during a pandemic and regardless of where they live.

ANSIRH researchers recently found that 99% of women who had an abortion say their decision was the right one 5 years lat...
01/13/2021

ANSIRH researchers recently found that 99% of women who had an abortion say their decision was the right one 5 years later. Read the groundbreaking article that was just named The Society of Family Planning 's most-talked-about abortion publication of 2020: http://bit.ly/39mu1DV

NEW in JAMA: Research from Texas Policy Evaluation Project and ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman found that abortions declined in...
01/04/2021

NEW in JAMA: Research from Texas Policy Evaluation Project and ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman found that abortions declined in Texas after the state's governor issued a COVID-19 order that caused appointment delays and cancelations for abortion patients. Full article: http://bit.ly/3orxdEN

"Abortion is an incredibly common and safe medical procedure. But if you learned about abortion only from movies and TV,...
12/31/2020
In 2020, TV and film still couldn't get abortion right

"Abortion is an incredibly common and safe medical procedure. But if you learned about abortion only from movies and TV, that’s not the story you’d see. For the last 8 years, we’ve been studying onscreen depictions of abortion. We’ve found that Hollywood tends to dramatically exaggerate the medical risks associated with abortion while downplaying real barriers to access."

Hollywood continues to dramatically exaggerate the medical risks associated with abortion while downplaying barriers to access.

Brand new findings from ANSIRH researchers and colleagues estimate that 7% of women in the United States will self-manag...
12/18/2020

Brand new findings from ANSIRH researchers and colleagues estimate that 7% of women in the United States will self-manage an abortion in their lifetimes: http://bit.ly/37sIluN

Did you catch Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's use of ANSIRH's Turnaway Study data during an Appropriations Subcommittee hea...
12/15/2020

Did you catch Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's use of ANSIRH's Turnaway Study data during an Appropriations Subcommittee hearing last week?

Read Rep. DeLauro's full statement: https://bit.ly/37U7Zb0
Learn more about our Turnaway Study findings: turnawaystudy.com

NEW: Rapid response research from ANSIRH researchers found that independent abortion clinics across the U.S. have been f...
12/03/2020

NEW: Rapid response research from ANSIRH researchers found that independent abortion clinics across the U.S. have been facing significant challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic — with some having to postpone or cancel abortion care: https://bit.ly/36yRXDN

ANSIRH's Monica McLemore and Black Mamas Matter Research Working Group colleagues: "It is important to invoke a scientif...
11/20/2020

ANSIRH's Monica McLemore and Black Mamas Matter Research Working Group colleagues: "It is important to invoke a scientific revolution that centers Black Mamas and communities to determine which research questions are most important to them": https://bit.ly/3lNjl69

In 2023, California will become the first state to require public universities to provide medication abortion. Our resea...
11/10/2020
Promoting Reproductive Health at Colleges | BestColleges

In 2023, California will become the first state to require public universities to provide medication abortion. Our research found that making students travel off-campus to access medication abortion can delay care & drive up costs: https://bit.ly/3lfl5op

When colleges provide contraception and abortion services to students, they promote women's educational success — but they also fuel a contentious debate.

"One quarter of cisgender women will get an abortion in their lifetime in the United States, but just under 25 percent o...
10/27/2020
Why I'm becoming an abortion provider now

"One quarter of cisgender women will get an abortion in their lifetime in the United States, but just under 25 percent of obstetricians provide abortion care. This grave discrepancy exists partly because it is so difficult to obtain training in abortion care."
—ANSIRH's Chris Ahlbach

With the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade currently faces the biggest threat in our lifetime. Although Roe was insufficient in securing access to abortion for many people in the US, its repeal would catapult us into an era where one of the safest and most common medical procedures known bec...

ANSIRH's Diana Greene Foster: "If abortion was no longer constitutionally protected at a national level, some states wou...
10/15/2020
What Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court Could Mean for Your Reproductive Rights

ANSIRH's Diana Greene Foster: "If abortion was no longer constitutionally protected at a national level, some states would make it illegal, and women in those states would have a lot harder time accessing care."

Critics of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are worried about what her confirmation will mean for the future of family planning—particularly Roe v. Wade.

37 states require minors to involve a parent in their abortion, and in all but one, they can seek a judicial bypass inst...
10/09/2020

37 states require minors to involve a parent in their abortion, and in all but one, they can seek a judicial bypass instead. However, our newest research found that the judicial bypass process significantly delays adolescents' ability to access abortion care: https://bit.ly/3iJfHIi

"The story of medication abortion over the past 20 years in the United States is largely a success story, but it’s also ...
09/29/2020
How Medication Abortion Access Has Changed Over 20 Years

"The story of medication abortion over the past 20 years in the United States is largely a success story, but it’s also a story of disparity...the patients most affected by restrictions on medication abortion are majority low-income or people of color, and three-quarters live at or below 200% of the poverty line. Those are the patients who have to confront these obstacles."

The FDA approved the medication abortion pill, mifepristone, 20 years ago today. Since then, people have had to deal with innumerable barriers to access.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the FDA's approval of mifepristone—AKA the abortion pill—for use in abortion care! A...
09/28/2020

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the FDA's approval of mifepristone—AKA the abortion pill—for use in abortion care! A full review of the evidence by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that medication abortion is both extremely safe and highly effective. Get the facts: bit.ly/2VeDmYg

09/26/2020

It's World Contraception Day! Oral contraceptives are among the best-studied and safest medications on the market, and research shows that interest in over-the-counter access to birth control pills is high: https://bit.ly/3i0AjwD

09/22/2020
EXPLAINED: State Regulations on Abortion Facilities

ANSIRH's Sarah Roberts on Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP laws): "Laws that require abortions to be performed in ASCs (ambulatory surgery centers) are NOT based in scientific evidence and do not protect patient safety."

This is "EXPLAINED: State Regulations on Abortion Facilities" by Innovating Education on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Pregnant people deserve dignity and respect in childbirth. A study published last year by Monica McLemore and colleagues...
09/11/2020
1 In 6 Women Feel They Were "Mistreated" During Childbirth, Eye-Opening Study Reveals

Pregnant people deserve dignity and respect in childbirth. A study published last year by Monica McLemore and colleagues found that 1 in 6 women report that they were mistreated during labor & delivery.

Childbirth is one of the most difficult, painful, and monumental experiences many women will go through in their lifetimes. So it's both discouraging and distressing to learn that, in the United States, many women feel they were "mistreated" or…

ANSIRH's Diana Greene Foster: "When the government takes an active role in trying to prevent people from getting abortio...
09/08/2020
The Real Consequences Of Getting ― Or Being Denied ― An Abortion

ANSIRH's Diana Greene Foster: "When the government takes an active role in trying to prevent people from getting abortions, it has serious consequences for their lives ― for their physical health, for their economic well-being and for their life trajectory."

It’s time to put to rest the myth that abortion hurts women.

One in every six patients gets their care at a Catholic hospital—but many patients don't know that these institutions ge...
08/31/2020

One in every six patients gets their care at a Catholic hospital—but many patients don't know that these institutions generally won't provide contraception, postpartum sterilization, abortion, or gender-affirming hysterectomies: https://bit.ly/2zVsbMx

Findings from ANSIRH's Katrina Kimport show that the responsibility of preventing pregnancy in heterosexual relationship...
08/25/2020
The Surprisingly Fraught Question of Who Pays for Birth Control

Findings from ANSIRH's Katrina Kimport show that the responsibility of preventing pregnancy in heterosexual relationships frequently falls to women, who disproportionately shoulder the physical & emotional burdens. But it doesn't have to be that way.

The burden of many of the most common contraceptive methods falls on women. Some heterosexual couples try to fix that imbalance by splitting the cost.

The FDA's overregulation of abortion pills (mifepristone) is medically-unnecessary, and it blocks innovative solutions t...
08/21/2020
The FDA Is Restricting Access to Abortion Pills

The FDA's overregulation of abortion pills (mifepristone) is medically-unnecessary, and it blocks innovative solutions to increase abortion access. Our research found that telemedicine provision of medication abortion would be both safe and effective.

There's a growing consensus that the FDA's regulations on abortion pills aren't medically necessary.

"Laws restricting later abortion disproportionately punish already socially- and economically-vulnerable women who wante...
08/19/2020
Why Women Seek Abortions after 24 Weeks of Pregnancy

"Laws restricting later abortion disproportionately punish already socially- and economically-vulnerable women who wanted an abortion earlier in pregnancy but could not overcome barriers to care."
—ANSIRH's Katrina Kimport

Public opinion consensus is in support of safe and legal abortion in the United States, and that consensus has remained relatively unchanged since Roe v. Wade was decided. Support wanes, however, as the gestational age of the pregnancy increases. This likely owes, at least in part, to pervasive myth...

“When the government takes an active role in trying to prevent people from getting abortions, it has serious consequence...
08/17/2020
The Dismantling Of Abortion Rights Has Already Begun

“When the government takes an active role in trying to prevent people from getting abortions, it has serious consequences for their lives―for their physical health, for their economic well being and for their life trajectory."

Anti-abortion laws that provide zero benefits to patients have been saved by Chief Justice John Roberts.

Research from ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman and colleagues found that nearly 7% of abortion patients in Texas—more than three...
08/13/2020
Texas Abortion Patients Seeking to End Pregnancies on Their Own

Research from ANSIRH's Daniel Grossman and colleagues found that nearly 7% of abortion patients in Texas—more than three times the national average—had attempted to end their pregnancy on their own before they made it into a clinic:

However a government might seek to restrict abortion, people with pregnancies they don't wish to carry to term are going to seek the procedure out. It's a fact one will hear again and again from pro-choice researchers and activists, and a new study from TxPEP, the Texas Policy Evaluation Project,...

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