*Editors' Note: As of January 2017, the Monthly Women's Health Research Review has been discontinued. Below are archived articles for your reference.
Research review finds beneficial association between male partner involvement, women's abortion experience
In this study, researchers reviewed "published literature to learn how male partners are involved in the abortion process under non-coercive circumstances and the relationship between male involvement and women's experiences with abortion." They find that existing literature suggests a positive association between male partner involvement and women's abortion experiences. However, they write that research on the topic was limited overall and call for further research, noting that if male partner inclusion is beneficial, it could help strengthen couples' relationships and "help men become stronger advocates for women in general."
In this study, researchers examine the "fictional representations of abortion providers on American television to identify patterns in these portrayals and to theorize how such patterns influence stigma toward abortion providers." They find that "portrayals of [abortion] provision challenged ideas that serve as root causes of stigma," suggesting that "there is indeed potential within popular culture to contest stigma and contribute to improved cultural narratives about abortion provision specifically, and abortion care and access more broadly."
Study assesses link between organizational factors, comprehensive women's health care at Veterans Health Administration
In this study, the researchers examine the association between organizational factors at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) facilities and the adoption of comprehensive women's health care. They find that VHA facilities with greater absorptive capacity, as measured by academic affiliation and women's health representation on a high-impact panel, are more likely to establish a women's health clinic (WHC), and facilities with a WHC are more likely to deliver a package of women's health care services.