Development of a Reproductive Autonomy Scale

Reprinted with permission from the Population Council.

Reprinted with permission from the Population Council.

What is reproductive autonomy?

Reproductive autonomy is having the power to decide about and control matters related to contraceptive use, pregnancy, and childbearing. Around the world, at the community level and the individual level, social norms dictate varying degrees of women’s reproductive autonomy. It is important to consider because it may help explain in part why there are 86 million unintended pregnancies around the world every year. (more…)

 
 

Commemorating Roe by expanding abortion access

41st Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

41 years ago, the landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade codified women’s right to safe, legal abortion nationwide.

Despite Roe and abortion’s documented safety record, it remains a highly contested social and political issue throughout the country. Nonetheless, while several states restricted access to abortion services last year, California embarked on a new direction and expanded the pool of available abortion providers. (more…)

 
 

Sharing women’s experiences with abortion:
An interview with Meaghan Winter

Steph Herold, writing for ANSIRH, interviews Meaghan Winter about her November 2013 New York Magazine highlighting the range of experiences and reasons that lead women to seek abortion in the United States.New York Magazine’s cover story featuring 26 women telling their abortion stories is getting a lot of attention. This isn’t the first time a magazine has spotlighted women’s experiences with abortion (Ms. Magazine has done it twice), but it is one of the larger mainstream media publications to feature women talking about their own abortions.

What is it like to curate these stories for a mainstream audience? Meaghan Winter, the journalist behind the piece, talked to us about how the article came together. (more…)

 
 

Why do women’s reasons for seeking abortion matter?

In November 2013, New York Magazine featured 26 women’s abortion stories highlighting the range of experiences and reasons that lead women to seek abortion in the United States.Earlier this month, New York Magazine featured 26 women’s abortion stories highlighting the range of experiences and reasons that lead women to seek abortion in the United States. Many advocates and scholars argue that if we truly believe that women should have access to abortion regardless of the reason, then the reasons women seek abortions should be irrelevant.

So why is it important to know why women have abortions?

Here’s one reason: we need to have a better understanding of the complex issues that affect women’s lives and lead them to the decision to terminate their pregnancies, so that we can be sensitive to the individual circumstances that motivate women to seek abortion. Rather than relying on our own misperceptions and assumptions, we must ensure that abortion-related policies are based on evidence.

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The public conversation on later abortion:
Problems for advocates

simple, emotionally powerful claims about fetal pain, however unfounded, are dominating the public conversation on later abortion

Last week, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced to the Senate a nationwide ban on all abortions after 20 weeks. Since 2010, a dozen states have passed such bans. In the summer of 2013, the Texas legislature’s dramatic fight over its 20-week ban (among other abortion restrictions) and the US House of Representative’s vote to ban abortions at 20 weeks focused the national spotlight on later abortion. At ANSIRH, I took a look at how the leading US newspapers covered the issue, and discovered some concerns for reproductive health advocates. (more…)

 
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