National Partnership for Women & Families

Journal Review

Women's Emotions After Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds Provide 'Little Support' for Mandatory Viewing
Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco's Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health examined women's emotional responses to viewing an ultrasound prior to an abortion. They concluded that "the impact of [ultrasound] viewing on women's emotions about their pregnancy is overestimated" and provides "little support for abortion rights opponents' hope that viewing will inspire bonding emotions with the fetus."

Efforts To Promote LARC Methods Must Avoid Undermining 'Reproductive Autonomy,' Experts Argue
In a commentary, three reproductive health experts consider whether "unchecked enthusiasm" for and promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods "may deny some women reproductive control." They argue that such an outcome can be avoided by ensuring that programs promoting LARC methods "put the priorities, needs and preferences of individual women -- not the promotion of specific technologies -- first."

Abortion Does Not Contribute To Couples' Relationship Dissolution, Study Finds
There is a lack of reliable research comparing how a man and woman's relationship is affected when the woman terminates an unwanted pregnancy versus when she seeks an abortion but ends up carrying to term because she is unable to obtain the procedure. To assess the issue, researchers studied interviews with more than 850 women who sought abortions, including many who were beyond a facility's gestational limit and went on to give birth. The study found "no evidence that having an abortion causes relationship dissolution," but rather that "having an abortion appears to allow relationship dissolution to continue at its own pace, while having the baby seems to postpone the end of the relationship."

Safety Net STD Providers Remain Vital Under ACA, CDC Researchers Write
CDC's Ryan Cramer and colleagues examined changes in access to sexually transmitted disease services under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the role of safety net providers in the provision of such services. Although the ACA "is expected to increase access to STD services," safety net providers will remain an important source of "confidential, high-quality, same-day STD services" for many populations, especially the uninsured, they wrote.

Paper Outlines Framework for Improving Maternal, Newborn Health Through Midwifery
Writing in The Lancet, reproductive health experts assess the power of midwifery care to improve maternal and newborn health and outline a policy framework for bolstering midwifery to improve reproductive health outcomes. Midwifery contributes to "high-quality maternal and newborn care" that "should be at the heart of all subnational, national, regional, and global efforts to improve women's and children's health and wellbeing," they write.

Study Finds Disparities in Fertility Preservation Counseling for Cancer Patients
A woman's likelihood of receiving fertility preservation counseling after a cancer diagnosis varies by race, age, marital status and cancer type, according to a Northwestern University study. The researchers examined the fertility preservation counseling histories of 353 adult women with breast, gynecologic and hematologic cancers, finding that such counseling was more common among certain groups -- such as younger women and Hispanics -- than others, including divorced women and blacks.

Many CPC Websites in State Directories Include Inaccurate Information About Abortion
Although abortion "is a safe medical procedure and is less risky than carrying a pregnancy to term," many crisis pregnancy center websites overstate its risks or include other misleading claims, according to researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. The researchers examined the websites of CPCs listed in state-mandated directories that are given to women seeking abortions, finding that 87% of the sites did not disclose that the centers are not medical facilities and that 80% contained false or misleading medical information.