Easing restrictions on abortion pill greatly improved access to care in Canada

UBC-led study offers lessons for other nations on deregulating mifepristone


Removing restrictions on how mifepristone--the medical abortion drug--can be prescribed and dispensed in Canada greatly improved access to abortion, especially in rural communities across the country.

That's one of
the key findings of new University of British Columbia-led research published
today in the Annals of Family Medicine.

Continued: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uobc-ero090920.php

Black Americans and Abortion


Black Americans have become more likely to support abortion rights over the past decade, and they are now as likely as non-Black Americans to say that abortion is morally acceptable and slightly more likely to support legal abortion in all circumstances. This marks a significant change from the situation 15 to 20 years ago for Black Americans, while attitudes among the rest of the U.S. population have stayed relatively constant.

Continued: https://news.gallup.com/opinion/polling-matters/318932/black-americans-abortion.aspx

Selective abortion in India may lead to 6.8 million fewer girls being born by 2030: Study

PTI, New Delhi
AUG 31 2020

An estimated 6.8 million fewer female births will be recorded across India by 2030 due to sex-selective abortions, according to a study that projects the highest deficits in the birth of girls will occur in Uttar Pradesh.

Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia, and Universite de Paris, France, noted that there has been a reported imbalance in India in the sex ratio at birth (SRB) since the 1970s due to the emergence of prenatal sex selection and the cultural preference for male babies.

Continued: https://www.deccanherald.com/science-and-environment/selective-abortion-in-india-may-lead-to-68-million-fewer-girls-being-born-by-2030-study-880460.html  

Kenya – On the 10th Anniversary of Kenya’s Constitution, Center Report Urges Government to Enforce Abortion Rights Protections


Each year in Kenya, more than 2,500 women and girls die from unsafe abortions—despite the fact that the government legalized abortion under specific circumstances a decade ago in its Constitution. Currently, unsafe abortions are a leading cause of maternal mortality, especially among low-income women.

Today, on the 10th anniversary of the Kenyan Constitution, the Center has published a new report, A Decade of Existence, Revealing Progress, Reversal, and Betrayal of a National Compromise, which details how the government’s failure to uphold its constitutional obligations has harmed its citizens.

Continued: http://reproductiverights.org/kenya-constitution-abortion-report

The Study That Debunks Most Anti-Abortion Arguments

For five years, a team of researchers asked women about their experience after having—or not having—an abortion. What do their answers tell us?

By Margaret Talbot
July 7, 2020

There is a kind of social experiment you might think of as a What if? study. It would start with people who are similar in certain basic demographic ways and who are standing at the same significant fork in the road. Researchers could not assign participants to take one path or another—that would be wildly unethical. But let’s say that some more or less arbitrary rule in the world did the assigning for them. In such circumstances, researchers could follow the resulting two groups of people over time, sliding-doors style, to see how their lives panned out differently. It would be like speculative fiction, only true, and with statistical significance.

A remarkable piece of research called the Turnaway Study, which began in 2007, is essentially that sort of experiment.

Continued: https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/the-study-that-debunks-most-anti-abortion-arguments

New research calls for relaxation of abortion care laws in Britain and the USA

New research calls for relaxation of abortion
care laws in Britain and the USA

29 June, 2020

Experts from The University of Manchester and The University of Bristol are
calling for permanent laws allowing so-called ‘pills by post’ abortion services
to be enacted in Great Britain and the USA, in order to address barriers to
care highlighted by the coronavirus crisis.

Measures taken in response to the pandemic
have had an unprecedented impact on people’s daily lives, and their access to
healthcare – the lockdown has caused clinics to close due to a lack of staff,
childcare and public transport to be less available, and has made people more
reluctant to visit healthcare settings.

Continued: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/discover/news/new-research-calls-for-relaxation-of-abortion-care-laws/

Mobile phone among women linked to higher contraception use

Mobile phone among women linked to higher
contraception use
Access to mobile phones is associated with
multiple indicators linked to global social development, such as good health,
gender equality, and poverty reduction, said the study.

By AuthorIANS 
Published: 26th Jun 2020

Mobile phone use among women is associated with increased use of contraception,
lower gender inequality, and lower maternal and child mortality, according to a
new study which covered 209 countries.

The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of the
Sciences, showed that giving women access to information they otherwise would
not have, mobile phones are transforming lives.

Continued: https://telanganatoday.com/mobile-phone-among-women-linked-to-higher-contraception-use

What Does a New 10-Year Study Teach Us About What We Talk About When We Talk About Abortion?

What Does a New 10-Year Study Teach Us About What We Talk About When We Talk About Abortion?

By Diana Greene Foster
June 23, 2020

About 10 years ago, I was at a gathering of mothers whose children went to the same day care as my kids. A new mom had joined the group, and someone pointed at me and said, “That woman studies abortion.” From across the room, I heard her reply, “I don’t know how anyone could kill their baby.” Then, silence. Everyone had heard this comment, but nobody wanted to engage.

When that mom left the gathering, maybe half an hour later, the stories poured out. One woman told us she had had an abortion in high school, and she felt so grateful for it because it allowed her to have two intended pregnancies as an adult.

Continued: https://www.vogue.com/article/new-book-the-turnaway-study

Three-in-ten or more Democrats and Republicans don’t agree with their party on abortion

Three-in-ten or more Democrats and Republicans don’t agree with their party on abortion

June 18, 2020
By Jeff Diamant

When it comes to abortion, members of Congress are starkly divided by party. Almost all Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives stand with their party in support of abortion rights, while almost all Republicans reflect their party’s position against abortion rights.

Yet the partisan divide among Americans themselves is less stark, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey. As is true on many other political issues, sizable minorities of Republicans and Democrats say they do not agree with the dominant position on abortion of the party they identify with or lean toward. And within each partisan coalition, some groups are less likely than others to agree with their party on abortion.

Continued: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/06/18/three-in-ten-or-more-democrats-and-republicans-dont-agree-with-their-party-on-abortion/

India – COVID-19 compromised access to 1.85 million abortions: Study

COVID-19 compromised access to 1.85 million abortions: Study

8 June 2020
Source: IANS

Abortion access to around 1.85 million women was compromised across the country due to the nationwide restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a study conducted by Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) revealed.

These abortions were compromised at all points of care, including public and private sector facilities and chemist outlets during 68-day lockdown and the first week of Unlock 0.1 period.The study assesses the near-term impact of COVID-19 on abortion access in India since March 25 when the lockdown was imposed across the country with the announcement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of novel coronavirus of COVID-19 pandemic.

Continued: https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/covid19-compromised-access-to-185-million-abortions-study/1859618