The Guttmacher Institute and Many of its Experts Join Two Robust Amicus Briefs That Invoke Extensive Public Health and Social Science Evidence Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to Reject Mississippi Abortion Ban
In one brief, the Institute joins the American Public Health Association, the Center for U.S. Policy, and 547  deans, chairs, scholars and public health professionals in making the case why legal abortion is a public health imperative. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Proportion of Pregnancies Wanted Later or Not at All  Is Decreasing Across Most U.S. States
Most  pregnancies in 2017 were wanted when they occurred or sooner, according to anew  Guttmacher report that provides state-specific estimates, regional comparisons and trends for pregnancy desires across U.S. states.   (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 16, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Impact of Texas ’ Abortion Ban: A 14-Fold Increase in Driving Distance to Get an Abortion
Updated on September 15, 2021:   (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Pregnancies and Pregnancy Desires at the State Level: Estimates for 2017 and Trends Since 2012
Key Points In almost all U.S. states, pregnancies reported as occurring at the right time or being wanted sooner than they occurred comprised the largest share of pregnancies in 2017, though proportions varied widely by state. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Texas Set to Ban Most Abortions Next Week
Originally published inMs. Magazine.   (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - September 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Mississippi Is Attacking Roe v. Wade Head On —the Consequences Could Be Severe
In May, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hearDobbs v. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The health system costs of post abortion care in Tanzania
ConclusionsResources for health care are limited. While working to scale up access to PAC services to meet women ’s needs, Tanzanian policymakers should consider increasing access to contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Abortion Access for Incarcerated People: Incidence of Abortion and Policies at U.S. Prisons and Jails
Conclusion Although some incarcerated individuals have abortions, many prisons and jails have restrictive policies surrounding abortion, either through self-payment requirements or explicit prohibition. Findings from this study should prompt further inquiry into abortion incidence in these settings and address interventions to ensure incarcerated people, in accordance with legal requirements and health equity, have access to abortion. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Guttmacher Institute Announces the 2021 Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship Recipients
The Guttmacher Institute is excited to announce Denise Nguyen and Madeline Stump as the recipients of the 2021 Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship. This year ’s recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 200 outstanding applicants. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Impact of Texas ’ Abortion Ban: A 20-Fold Increase in Driving Distance to Get an Abortion
In May 2021, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R)signed legislation (S.B. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Comparability of estimates and trends in adolescent sexual and contraceptive behaviors from two national surveys: National Survey of Family Growth and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey
Conclusions The NSFG and YRBS produced inconsistent prevalence estimates and trends for sexual and contraceptive behaviors among in-school adolescents. Further efforts to improve these national surveillance systems are critical to inform policy and research efforts that support adolescent sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - August 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Contraceptive and abortion practices of young Ghanaian women aged 15 –24: evidence from a nationally representative survey
ConclusionsYoung people ’s intermittent sexual activity, desire for methods that do not harm their health, access barriers and provider bias, likely contribute to their greater use of coital-dependent methods. Providers should be equipped to provide confidential, non-discriminatory counseling addressing concerns about in fertility, side effects and alternative methods. Use of social networks can be leveraged to educate around issues like safe abortion and correct use of N-tablet. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Is Key to Achieving Universal Health Coverage
Key Points The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and worsened vulnerabilities in many countries’ health infrastructure and inequities in access to care around the world, including for sexual and reproductive health. Universal health coverage is a key mechanism for rebuilding and strengthening national healt h systems and delivering quality health care to vulnerable and marginalized populations. Sexual and reproductive health services are foundational to these efforts and must be prioritized in universal health coverage plans. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - July 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Guttmacher Institute Selects Wendy Sealey as Vice President for Development
The Guttmacher Institute announced today that Wendy Sealey (she/her/hers), a seasoned professional with 20 years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, has been selected to serve as the Institute ’s new Vice President for Development, following a competitive and extensive search. Ms. Sealey will join the team on September 13. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

State Policy Trends at Midyear 2021: Already the Worst Legislative Year Ever for U.S. Abortion Rights
In the first six months of the year, many state legislatures engaged in an assault on many civil rights, including abortion, voting and transgender rights. More abortion restrictions —90—have already been enacted in 2021 than in any year since the Roe v. Wade decision was handed down in 1973. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The disproportionate burdens of the mifepristone REMS
Of the people who need abortion care in the United States every year, 75% are poor or living on low-incomes and approximately 60% are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color. Black, Indigenous, and other people of color face profound inequities in accessing essential health care as a result of a long history of systemic racism and discrimination. Accessing abortion is no different. Further, due to the stark racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States, Black and Indigenous people who cannot access the abortion care they need confront unconscionably elevated risks in carrying a pregnancy ...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Just the Numbers: The Impact of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance, 2021
Investments in sexual and reproductive health and rights have profound and measurable benefits. Such investments not only promote health and well-being throughout people ’s lives but also lead to improvements in gender equity, political stability, economic development and environmental sustainability.1 (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The Impact of U.S. International Family Planning Assistance, 2021
(Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Trends and Differentials in Receipt of Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in the United States: Services Received and Sources of Care, 2006 –2019
Background (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Abortion Is at the Supreme Court Again. It & #039;s Different This Time
When Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a  new abortion restriction into law on May 19, it marked a chilling milestone—a staggering 1,300 restrictions enacted by states since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Use of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods for Pregnancy Prevention Among Ghanaian Women: A Nationally Representative Cross-Sectional Survey
Few studies in low- and middle-income countries have examined the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for pregnancy prevention. Understanding the prevalence of FABM use among Ghanaian contraceptors and the characteristics and practices of users is essential. Our 2018 nationally representative survey of Ghanaian women included detailed questions on the use of rhythm and Standard Days Method/Cycle Beads (SDM). After considering multimethod use patterns, we estimated likely FABM prevalence among contraceptors, identified characteristics associated with current use of an FABM (vs. current use of a hormonal method/...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Exploring experience of and engagement in coercive pregnancy behaviors among sexually active young men from five clinics in Baltimore, MD
Conclusions Over one-third of young men perceived experience of coercive pregnancy behaviors by partners and/or engaged in these behaviors. Findings have implications for promoting healthy relationships among young people. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Differences in Abortion Rates between Asian Populations by Country of Origin and Nativity Status in New York City, 2011 –2015
This study examined the use of abortion services among specific Asian groups in NYC from 2011–2015. Using NYC surveillance data, we estimated abortion rates for Asians, dis aggregated by five country of origin groups and nativity status, and for other major racial/ethnic groups. We compared rates between groups and over time. From 2014–2015, the abortion rate for Asian women in NYC was 12.6 abortions per 1000 women aged 15–44 years, lower than the rates for other m ajor racial/ethnic groups. Among country of origin groups, Indian women had the highest rate (30.5 abortions per 1000 women), followed by Japa...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Hormonal contraceptive use in Ghana: the role of method attributes and side effects in method choice and continuation
Conclusions Ghanaian women value hormonal methods for their effectiveness against pregnancy. However, concerns about side effects (particularly bleeding changes), future fertility impairment, and long-term health issues led some women to discontinue hormonal methods. Counseling on these issues was reportedly inadequate. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

In Direct Threat to Roe v. Wade, Supreme Court Takes Up Mississippi Abortion Case
On May 17, theU.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case on Mississippi ’s ban on nearly all abortions starting at 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is currently blocked by lower courts. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Here & #039;s Why Sexual and Reproductive Rights Must Be the Linchpin of Feminist Foreign Policy
Key Points The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated a global gender equality crisis, provoking alarming increases in gender-based violence, a sharp decrease in women participating in the workforce, and new challenges in access to contraception, abortion and other essential health care. Sexual and reproductive health and rights are foundational and necessary for gender equality, as well as to a full recovery from the economic consequences of the pandemic. Feminist foreign policy provides a critical vehicle for the United States and the global community to promote gender equality and to ensu re sexual and repro...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Sexual and Reproductive Health Literacy, Misoprostol Knowledge and Use of Medication Abortion in Lagos State, Nigeria: A Mixed Methods Study
Little is known about the link between health literacy and women's ability to safely and successfully use misoprostol to self-induce an abortion. While abortion is only allowed to save a woman's life in Nigeria, misoprostol is widely available from drug sellers. We interviewed 394 women in 2018 in Lagos State, Nigeria, who induced abortion using misoprostol obtained from a drug seller to determine their sexual and reproductive health literacy (SRHL) and misoprostol knowledge levels; and how these were associated with ending the pregnancy successfully or seeking care for (perceived) complications. Our results show that wome...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - June 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Does the Impact of Motherhood on Women & #039;s Employment and Wages Differ for Women Who Plan Their Transition Into Motherhood?
AbstractWomen's ability to control their fertility through contraception and abortion has been shown to contribute to improvements in education and employment. At the same time, their employment and wages decline substantially when they transition to motherhood. About one-third of births are unintended, and it is unknown whether the impact of motherhood on employment, hours, and wages is smaller for women who planned their transition into motherhood compared with those who did not. To explore this, we examine fixed-effects models that estimate labor market outcomes using panel data from the National Longitudinal Survey of ...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

State-Level Variation in Abortion Stigma and Women and Men ’s Abortion Underreporting in the USA
This study do cuments that abortion stigma plagues the quality of reporting in the USA for both women and men, regardless of which state they live in. Survey improvements to reduce abortion underreporting are needed.   (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

In Direct Threat to Roe, Supreme Court Takes Up Mississippi Abortion Case
On May 17, theU.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case on Mississippi ’s ban on nearly all abortions starting at 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is currently blocked by lower courts. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Reproductive Health in East Africa: Guttmacher Institute Joins Advocates at Annual Regional Convening to Discuss How to Prevent Unsafe Abortion
Despite the liberalization of abortion laws in many Sub-Saharan African countries in recent years and the subsequent expansion of services such as postabortion care, unsafe abortion is still common in the region and exacts a heavy toll on individuals, families and health systems. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The Impact of Abortion Underreporting on Pregnancy Data and Related Research
DiscussionIncomplete reporting of pregnancy remains a fundamental shortcoming to the study of US fertility-related experiences. Efforts to improve abortion reporting are needed to strengthen the quality of pregnancy data to support maternal, child, and reproductive health research. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Changes in Use of Emergency Contraceptive Pills in the United States from 2008-2015
Conclusions Increases in EC use occurred as access to EC was broadened through regulatory changes that moved some forms of EC from behind-the-counter to fully over-the-counter between 2008 and 2015.Implications Over-the-counter provision of many forms of EC pills may have increased access and introduced more flexibility in how EC is obtained, but these changes may have come with tradeoffs, both in the form of cost barriers and decreased opportunities for clinicians to discuss EC with their patients. Despite improved access to contraception more broadly through the Affordable Care Act, EC remains a necessary component of ...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Powerful Contraception, Complicated Programs: Preventing Coercive Promotion of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives
Key Points: Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which are highly effective and low maintenance, are increasingly popular among birth control users—and policymakers. The United States’ history of coercive and racist family planning programs serves as a strong warning to those seeking to promo te LARCs as a panacea. As policy and clinical innovations, as well as new programs, encourage LARC use, reproductive justice advocacy and improved clinical guidance offer ways to ensure patient autonomy and contraceptive equity. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - May 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

2021 Is on Track to Become the Most Devastating Antiabortion State Legislative Session in Decades
Right-wing ideologues are engaging in a shock and awe campaign against abortion rights that is largely getting lost against the background of a broader attack on other basic rights, including awave of voter suppression laws and (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Contraceptive use is on the rise among U.S. adolescent women aged 15-19, particularly use of long-acting reversible methods
(Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Trends in U.S. Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Contraceptive Use, 2006-2019
This study examines changes over time in the prevalence of select sexual behaviors and contraceptive use measures in a national sample of U.S. adolescents.Study Design We used data on adolescents aged 15-19 from the 2006-2010 (n=4,662), 2011-2015 (n=4,134), and 2015-2019 (n=3,182) National Surveys of Family Growth. We used logistic regression to identify changes between periods in sexual behaviors and contraceptive use by gender, and for some measures by age. We estimated probabilities of age at first penile-vaginal intercourse with Kaplan-Meier failure analysis.Results Over half of adolescents have engaged in at least o...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Guttmacher Institute Releases Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles for More Than 130 Countries
Commitment to providing essential care for women and adolescents is critical to upholding sexual and reproductive rights during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Adding It Up: Investing in the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents in India
India has made important gains in improving the sexual and reproductive health of women and young people. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Uninsured Rate for People of Reproductive Age Ticked Up Between 2016 and 2019
After years of dramatic improvement under the  Affordable Care Act (ACA), the uninsured rate for people of reproductive age ticked upward under destructive Trump-era policies. Moreover, major disparities in the uninsured rates remain by income, race and ethnicity, and citizenship. To improve the health of U.S. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - April 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The Next Federal Budget Matters a Lot for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights —Here’s What to Look Out for
With the American Rescue Plan nowsigned into law, President Biden and Congress are turning their attention to the fiscal year 2022 (FY 2022) budget, the next major demonstration of federal policy priorities. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Arkansas Just Passed a Near-Total Ban on Abortions —Here & #039;s What It Means
Orginally published in  The Hill. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Arkansas Just Passed a Near-Total Ban on Abortions — Here & #039;s What It Means
Read  the full op-ed in The Hill (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Guttmacher Institute Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Cory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship
The Guttmacher Institute is pleased to announce the 2021  cycle of theCory L. Richards Memorial Scholarship, which supports the development of future leaders dedicated to advancing public policy related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Righting the Course: What Congress and the Biden-Harris Administration Must Do for Abortion Access in the United States
Key Points: Six in 10 women of reproductive age live in states with policy landscapes designed to make abortion difficult to access. It is not enough to protect abortion access as it currently exists—policymakers must build toward a future of expanded, equitable access for all. Congress and the Biden-Ha rris administration should prioritize ensuring that people seeking to end a pregnancy can do so with dignity, on the timeline that meets their needs, and with affordable, equitable access to care. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

What Federal Policymakers Must Do to Restore and Strengthen a Title X Family Planning Program That Serves All
Key Points: For the last 50 years, the federal government has funded the nation’s family planning networks through Title X to provide superlative care, yet Trump-Pence administration attacks have slashed the program’s patient capacity in half. The Biden-Harris administration and Congress must restore t he Title X family planning program to its status before the previous administration’s changes and make a substantially greater investment in the program. To fulfill the promise of Title X, the administration and Congress must protect providers from discrimination, modernize program funding and in fras...
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Safe from the Start Act: A Commonsense Bill to Address Gender-Based Violence Around the World
Gender-based violence is one of the most harmful and dehumanizing consequences of gender inequity, and over the last year it has become even more widespread. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

The Danger Ahead: Early Indicators Show States Will Be the Main Abortion Battleground in 2021
State lawmakers entered 2021 with numerous urgent priorities: the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the vaccination rollout, a struggling economy and the resulting reduced tax revenues and budgets, efforts to address systemic racism across multiple issues from health care to criminal justice reform, post-census political redistricting and shoring up the institutions of democracy, among others. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

Pregnancies, Births and Abortions in the United States, 1973 –2017: National and State Trends by Age
The Guttmacher Institute calculates comprehensive historical statistics on the incidence of pregnancy, birth and abortion for people of reproductive age in the United States (seeDefinitions). (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news

APHRC and Guttmacher Institute announce partnership to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in Sub-Saharan Africa
The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) and the Guttmacher Institute are proud to announce their partnership to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Sub-Saharan Africa. (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)
Source: The Guttmacher Institute - March 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Guttmacher Source Type: news