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NARAL Pro-Choice America. 2015. Who decides? The status of women's reproductive rights in the United States (24th ed.). Washington, DC: NARAL Pro-Choice America, 90 pp.

Annotation: This document provides findings on pro-choice policy, threats to reproductive choice, and the political landscape. It summarizes the status of anti-choice and pro-choice legislation, and provides profiles of each state. Additional information is available on the website www.whodecides.org.

Contact: NARAL, Pro-Choice America , 1156 15th Street, N.W., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 973-3000 Fax: (202) 973-3096 Web Site: http://www.naral.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Adolescents, Proposed legislation, Reproductive health, Sexuality education, State legislation, Women

Kost K, Hemshaw S. 2014. U.S. teenage pregnancies, births and abortions, 2010: National and state trends by age, race and ethnicity. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 28 pp.

Annotation: This report contains statistics on the incidence of adolescent pregnancy, birth, and abortion for the United States as a whole and for individual states. Contents include national level trends since 1972 and state trends since 1988. Statistics are also presented by race and ethnicity. The report concludes with a discussion of the methodology and sources used to obtain the estimates.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Trends, Abortion, Adolescent parents, Adolescent pregnancy, Childbirth, Miscarriage, Statistical data

Kearney MS, Levine PB. 2014. Media influences on social outcomes: The impact of MTV's 16 and pregnant on teen childbearing. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 43 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 19795)

Annotation: This paper explores the impact of a reality television series, MTV's 16 and Pregnant, on adolescent attitudes and outcomes. Contents include background information on the show's content and previous research on the impact of media exposure; a description of the data including Nielson ratings, Google trends, and Twitter activity; a descriptive analysis of adolescents' exposure to the show; and analyses of high frequency data on searches and tweets and data on adolescent births. Topics include changes in searches and tweets, geographic variation in viewership, and changes in adolescent birth rates.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: info@nber.org Web Site: http://www.nber.org $5.

Keywords: , Abortion, Adolescent attitudes, Attitude change, Behavior modification, Contraception, Economic factors, Health behavior, Interactive media, Media, Outcome evaluation, Sexual behavior

Kaye K, Gootman JA, Ng AS, Finley C. 2014. The benefits of birth control in America: Getting the facts straight. Washington, DC: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 37 pp.

Annotation: This document outlines the benefits to women, men, children, and society of pregnancy planning and the use of birth control in particular. Topics include reduced unplanned pregnancy and abortion, improved maternal and infant health, improved family well-being, advancement in women's education and employment, and benefits to society.

Contact: National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy = Power to Decide, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 478-8500 Fax: (202) 478-8588 E-mail: campaign@teenpregnancy.org Web Site: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org Available from the website. Document Number: ISBN 1-58671-082-6.

Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Costs, Educational attainment, Employment, Family health, Family planning, Infant health, Maternal health, Unplanned pregnancy

Colman S, Dee TS, Joyce TJ. 2013. Do parental involvement laws deter risky teen sex?. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 43 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 18810)

Annotation: This paper addresses the question of whether laws requiring that physicians notify or obtain consent from a parent of a minor seeking an abortion before performing the procedure deter risky adolescent sexual behavior. Drawing on multiple data sources, the paper seeks to reconcile the disparate findings in the existing literature and to provide new and comprehensive evidence on the association between parental involvement (PI) laws and rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in adolescents. Topics include abortion access and risky sexual activity among adolescents, data and samples, methods, and estimated impacts of PI laws on STIs.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: info@nber.org Web Site: http://www.nber.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Adolescent behavior, Adolescent sexuality, Consent, Health services, Parents, Legislation, Prevention, Risk taking, Sexually transmitted diseases, Statistical data

Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham's and Women's Hospital, Jacob's Institute of Women's Health, Kaiser Family Foundation. 2013. Ensuring the health care needs of women: A checklist for health exchanges. Menlo Park, CA: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 8 pp.

Annotation: This checklist presents questions to consider as states work to design, establish, and implement health insurance exchanges, which are a feature of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. The checklist focuses on how establishment of the exchanges will affect women, in particular. Topics include essential health benefits, maternity care, preventive services, chronic health conditions, abortion, network adequacy, outreach and enrollment, affordability and transparency, and data collection and reporting standards.

Contact: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Telephone: (650) 854-9400 Secondary Telephone: (202) 347-5270 Fax: (650) 854-4800 Web Site: http://www.kff.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Costs, Enrollment, Health insurance, Legislation, Outreach, Prevention, Reproductive health, State programs, Statistical data, Women's health

Advocates for Youth. 2013. Abortion and parental involvement laws: A threat to young women's health and safety. Washington, DC: Advocates for Youth, 2 pp. (Policy brief)

Annotation: This policy brief argues that young people deserve the right to access the full range of reproductive and sexual health services they need, including abortion care. The brief explains why young women are at a higher risk for negative outcomes when parental involvement in abortion is state-mandated, and why medical experts oppose parental consent and notification laws. Included are statistics on the states that requirement parental involvement in minors' abortions and under what circumstances exceptions might be made (for example, for victims of sexual assault, incest, or neglect). The brief also explains that although judicial bypass is technically available in most states that mandate parental involvement, many minors either don't know it exists or don't have access to it.

Contact: Advocates for Youth, 2000 M Street, N.W., Suite 750, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 419-3420 Fax: (202) 419-1448 Web Site: http://www.advocatesforyouth.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Adolescents, Patient rights, Reproductive rights, State legislation

Ventura SJ, Curtin SC, Abma JC, Henshaw SK. 2012. Estimated pregnancy rates and rates of pregnancy outcomes for the United States, 1990-2008. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 21 pp. (National vital statistics reports; v. 60, no. 7)

Annotation: This report looks at trends in pregnancy rates and rates of pregnancy outcomes during the years 1990-2008. It describes patterns according to age, race, Hispanic origin, and marital status and discusses various factors underlying the trends in pregnancy rates and outcomes. Tables compare total pregnancy rates and outcomes (numbers of live births, induced abortions, and fetal losses) from 1976 through 2008, with more recent data (from 1990-2008) highlighting differences according to age, race, and Hispanic origin. Also included are estimated rates of pregnancy, total fertility, and total induced abortion rates by race and Hispanic origin for the years 1990, 1996, 2000, and 2005-2008. Detailed technical notes describe the sources for the data.

Contact: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3311 Toledo Road, Room 5419, Hyattsville, MD 20782, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 Fax: (301) 458-4020 E-mail: nchsquery@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Adolescent pregnancy, Age factors, Birth rates, Data, Pregnancy, Pregnancy outcomes, Racial factors, Statistical data, Statistics, Trends

Guttmacher Institute. 2012. State facts about Medicaid and family planning. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute,

Annotation: This website provides facts about Medicaid and family planning by state. Users may view a fact sheet for each state that includes information about the need for family planning services, the impact of publicly funded services, and the importance of Medicaid in the state. The site can also be searched by the following subjects: abortion, adolescents, contraception, pregnancy, and services and financing. Other related information is also presented.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Adolescents, Contraception, Family planning, Financing, Health services, Medicaid, Pregnancy, State programs, Statistical data

Ashford L, Sedgh G, Singh S. 2012. Making abortion services accessible in the wake of legal reforms. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 3 pp. (In brief; series 2012, no. 1)

Annotation: This brief summarizes a longer report examining the implementation and impact of less-restrictive revised abortion laws in six international settings. The brief discusses six settings in which abortion laws recently changed (Cambodia, Columbia, Ethiopia, Mexico City, Nepal, and South America), public awareness of changes in the laws, guidelines and their dissemination, creation and uptake of safe abortion services, impact of the revised laws, and further action that is still needed.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Guidelines, Health services, International health, Legislation, Reproductive health, Women's health

Elam-Evans LD, Strauss LT, Herndon J, Parker WY, Bowens SV, Zane S, Berg CJ. 2011. Abortion surveillance: United States, 2007. MMWR Surveillance Summaries 60(SS-1):1-44, 39 pp.

Annotation: This issue summarizes and describes data reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding legal induced abortions obtained in the United States. Contents include an overview of the methods and results of data collection and a discussion of data analysis and findings. References are provided. Figures and tables present data in detail.

Contact: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, Telephone: (800) 232-4636 Secondary Telephone: (888) 232-6348 E-mail: cdcinfo@cdc.gov Web Site: http://www.cdc.gov Available from the website. Document Number: ISSN 1546-0738.

Keywords: Abortion, Data

Guttmacher Institute. 2011. Facts on induced abortion in the United States. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 2 pp. (In brief)

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about induced abortion in the United States. Topics include incidence of abortion, categories of women who have abortions, contraceptive use, providers and services, abortion via medication, safety of abortion, and law and policy.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Age factors, Contraceptive use, Income factors, Legislation, Public policy, Racial factors, Safety

Guttmacher Institute. 2011. Trends in abortion in the United States, 1973-2008. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 22 pp.

Annotation: This presentation outlines trends in abortion in the United States for the 35-year period from 1973 through 2008. Included are statistics on the annual number of legal abortions; deaths associated with abortion after its legalization; changes in the abortion rate after its legalization; and abortion rates by population (including teenagers, white women, black women, and Hispanic women). The statistics also indicate abortion rates among poor and low income women, unmarried women, and women who have had a previous abortion. Other data indicates when abortions art most likely to occur; how many abortions occurred as a result of early medication provisions; changes in the number of abortion providers in the United States; differences across states; and other statistics and trends related to cost, insurance provisions, and state regulations related to parental consent and other variables.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Data, Legislation, Slides, Statistics, Trends, United States

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. 2011. Federal financing of abortion and reproductive health services: A side-by-side analysis of current law and proposed federal legislation. Menlo Park, CA: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 5 pp.

Annotation: This report consists of a table that summarizes the major pieces of legislation relevant to abortion and family planning that have been introduced in the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress and compares their major features to federal policy currently in effect and the Affordable Care Act provisions that will be implemented in 2014.

Contact: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025, Telephone: (650) 854-9400 Secondary Telephone: (202) 347-5270 Fax: (650) 854-4800 Web Site: http://www.kff.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Costs, Family planning, Legislation, Public policy

National Conference of State Legislatures. 2011. Health reform and abortion coverage in the insurance exchanges. Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures,

Annotation: This report discusses insurance coverage of abortion in state insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act which was enacted in March 2010. The report includes links to the Special Rules (Section 1303) of the act and to the related White House executive order, which contain the new provisions. State laws that restrict insurance coverage for abortion in insurance exchanges (created after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act) are listed, and, for each state, a link to the specific legislation is provided. States that had laws restricting insurance coverage for abortion before enactment of the act are also listed, with links to specific legislation.

Contact: National Conference of State Legislatures, 7700 East First Place, Denver, CO 80230, Telephone: (303) 364-7700 Fax: (303) 364-7800 Web Site: http://www.ncsl.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Federal legislation, Health care reform, Health insurance, State health care reform, State legislation

Guttmacher Institute. 2010. Refusing to provide health services. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 3 pp. (State policies in brief)

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about state policies on refusing to provide health services. The fact sheet offers background on policies allowing health professionals, institutions, and pharmacies or pharmacists to refuse to provide health services (particularly abortion, contraception, or sterilization services) owing to religious or moral objections. The fact sheet also includes highlights of how state policies on providing health services differ.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Contraception, Moral values, Religion, State legislation, Sterilization

Guttmacher Institute. 2010. State family planning funding restrictions. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 2 pp. (State policies in brief)

Annotation: This fact sheet provides information about restrictions on state family planning funding related to the provision of abortion services in five states. The fact sheet addresses funds for abortion counseling and referral and funds for the provision of abortions.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Counseling, Family planning, Financing, Referrals, State legislation

Colman S, Joyce TJ. 2010. Regulating abortion: Impact on patients and providers in Texas. Cambridge, MA: National Bureau of Economic Research, 32 pp. (NBER working paper series no. 15825)

Annotation: This report examines how the enforcement of the Woman’s Right to Know Act (WRTK) beginning on January 1, 2004, in the state of Texas, had an impact on abortions performed in that state. It analyzes how the law, which requires that all abortions at 16 weeks gestation or later be performed in an ambulatory surgical center, affected (1) the incidence and timing of abortions, (2) the type of facility in which abortions are performed, and (3) the number of abortions obtained out of state by residents of Texas. The report also examines whether the mandated information and waiting-period component of the law was associated with changes in abortion rates prior to 16 weeks gestation.

Contact: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1050 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138-5398, Telephone: (617) 868-3900 Fax: (617) 868-2742 E-mail: info@nber.org Web Site: http://www.nber.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Data analysis, Gestational age, Law enforcement, Outcome evaluation, State legislation, Statistics, Texas

Guttmacher Institute. 2010. An overview of abortion laws. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 3 pp. (State policies in brief)

Annotation: This document highlights major provisions of state laws related to abortion that have been constructed by states since the Supreme Court handed down its 1973 decisions Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. The state laws codify and regulate, and limit whether and under what circumstances a woman may obtain an abortion. Topics include: partial-birth abortions, public funding, coverage by private insurer, refusal to participate, state-mandated counseling, waiting periods, and parental involvement. The chart links to additional resources on several of these topics.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Financing, Insurance, Legislation, Parental consent, State legislation

Guttmacher Institute. 2010. An overview of minors' consent laws. New York, NY: Guttmacher Institute, 2 pp. (State policies in brief)

Annotation: This document consists primary of a table that contains seven categories of state law that affect minors' right to receive medical care without parental consent. Highlights of the table are also presented in the following areas: contraceptive services, sexually transmitted infection services, prenatal care, adoption, medical care for a child, and abortion.

Contact: Guttmacher Institute, 125 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, Telephone: (212) 248-1111 Secondary Telephone: (800) 355-0244 Fax: (212) 248-1951; Washington, D.C. Office (202) 223-5756 E-mail: guttmacher@guttmacher.org Web Site: http://www.guttmacher.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Abortion, Access to health care, Adolescent health, Adolescent parents, Adoption, Child health, Contraceptive use, Health services, Informed consent, Parental consent, Prenatal care, Sexually transmitted diseases, State legislation

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.