National Partnership for Women & Families

Journal Review

Study Outlines Strategies To Recruit, Retain Nurses for Abortion Care
A study based on interviews with registered nurses found that exposure to abortion care was integral to recruiting them into the field, while providing flexibility was integral for their retention. The researchers concluded that the study demonstrates "that a clear trajectory exists for development of expert nurses in abortion care provision," and they offered several recommendations on how to further promote such a trajectory.

Study Links Abortion Legalization, Decreases in Infant Mortality in the U.S.
In this study, researchers examined changes in infant mortality in relation to the legal status of abortion and found that the fastest declines in infant mortality from 1970 to 1973 occurred in states where abortion was legalized in 1970. According to the researchers, the findings suggest more research is warranted about current abortion restrictions and their effect on infant mortality, as well as racial and economic inequities in infant mortality rates.

Commentary Stresses Importance of Setting Appropriate Family Planning Quality Measures
Researchers note that while it is important to develop standard quality measures related to family planning, metrics based solely on increasing the uptake of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods "may not be appropriate in the setting of a decision as complex and contextualized as the choice of a contraceptive method." They offer several recommendations for "measures that better capture the quality of contraceptive care in the context of women's needs and preferences."

OTC Oral Contraception Access With Little or No Copay Could Increase Use, Curb Unintended Pregnancy
In this study, researchers examined how over-the-counter access to oral contraceptive pills could affect health care costs, unintended pregnancy rates, contraceptive use and other factors. They concluded that "it is in the financial interest of public healthcare programs to cover a large portion of the cost of [OTC] contraceptive pills," after finding that OTC access to the pills "could increase the use of effective methods of contraception and reduce unintended pregnancy and healthcare costs."

Resources Aim To Address Implementation Gaps in ACA's Well-Woman Visit Benefit
Access to well-woman visits without cost-sharing is one of the preventive care services available to women under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), but a lack of information and outreach about the benefit has left many women unaware that it is available to them. To address the issue, a group of women's health experts has created a consumer guide, a toolkit for providers and consumer advocates, and an issue brief describing the benefit itself, key components of well-woman visits, and how such visits can improve women's health.

School Health Centers Linked To Greater Exposure to Repro Health Education, Services
Researchers compared reproductive health measures among students at a large, urban high school that has a school health center (SHC) with those of students at a similar school without such a center. Students at the SHC school reported higher levels of sexuality education, health care provider counseling and hormonal contraception use. The "positive impact" of SHCs on reproductive health measures suggests they can be an effective tool for addressing teen pregnancy, the researchers wrote.

Study: Evidence-Based Medical Abortion Regimen 'Highly Effective,' Safe
A study of more than 13,000 women who received "an evidence-based alternative to the FDA-approved regimen" for medical abortion found the evidenced-based regimen to be "highly effective" and safe. According to the researchers, the study "supports the conclusion that legislative efforts to restrict medical abortion to the FDA regimen are based on political goals to restrict abortion services, not efficacy or patient safety."