Publications and Resources

We develop interdisciplinary research informed by pressing policy issues and use social science methods and clinical knowledge to inform our policy recommendations. We develop advocacy resources in the form of policy briefs, fact sheets, editorials and letters to the editor.


June 2015
Coverage of Contraception and Abortion in Illinois' Qualified Health Plans [PDF]

This report provides a review of contraception and abortion coverage among health insurance plans offered on Illinois' health insurance marketplace. More information on this report can be found here.


May 2014
Abortion & Reproductive Health Care for Incarcerated Women [PDF]

This brief provides an overview of issues surrounding access to abortion for incarcerated women and highlights recommendations and best practices.

November 2013
Deciding to Talk to a Parent about Abortion: The Experiences of Minors Before Illinois Required Parental Notice [PDF]

This research brief highlights initial findings from a study of young women seeking abortion in Illinois prior to enforcement of a parental notification law. Minors were asked whether they involved parents in their abortion decision and described motivations for wanting to include or exclude a parent.

July 2013
Over-the-Counter Emergency Contraception: Improved Access for All Ages but Barriers Remain [PDF]

This brief describes the recent FDA approval of over-the-counter access to emergency contraception for all women and explores the obstacles that remain in the form of cost and religious refusal.

June 2013
Understanding Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) [PDF]

This fact sheet describes how deceptive practices of CPCs can limit women's access to complete and accurate medical information, thereby undermining women's access to reproductive health care.

January 2013
School-based Health Centers & Reproductive Health Care [PDF]

This brief summarizes recent research examining the role of school-based health centers (SBHCs) in improving access to reproductive health care for adolescents and identifies areas where more research is still needed. The passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 established new funding to support the expansion of SBHCs throughout the country.  

June 2012
Resources on Federal Funding for Sex Education Nationally and in Illinois 

A new brief, entitled Assessing Federally Funded Comprehensive Sex Education in Illinois: Current Programs, Gaps and Implications, describes new federal funding for evidence-based sexual education programming and explores which organizations and curricula receive funding in Illinois. The brief also analyzes the implications of and solutions to any programmatic shortcomings. These three fact sheets offer helpful information about federal funding to support evidence-based sex education:

November 2011
Youth Awareness of a Minor's Right to Access Reproductive Health Services Independently

This brief highlights findings from a recent study which revealed that a number of teens were not aware that Illinois minors could legally access the following services without parental permission: medical care when pregnant, contraception, abortion, and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Special laws grant minors access to these services; this brief explores the reasons for such laws and the importance of teen awareness in serving the purpose of the laws.

July 2011
Medicaid Family Planning Services: Leveraging Opportunities in Health Reform to Expand & Simplify Access [PDF]

This report explores two health reform-related changes to Medicaid that could dramatically expand access to family planning services for low-income individuals. States can enhance the benefits of these changes by offering presumptive eligibility enrollment for family planning services, which would allow immediate Medicaid coverage for needed family planning services and supplies, including highly effective contraception, and create an accessible gateway to ongoing coverage.

May 2011
Requiring Parental Notice of Abortion in Illinois: The Perspective of Pregnant Teens [PDF]

This brief presents research findings from a larger study of minors and decision-making around parental involvement. Specifically, this brief highlights quotes from pregnant teens describing their thoughts about parental notification laws.

November 2010
New Affordable Care Act Insurance Regulations Improve Reproductive Health & Access [PDF]

This brief describes how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, along with recent federal guidelines, will strengthen the rights of individuals with private insurance and affect reproductive health care through direct access to obstetricians and gynecologists, coverage for preventive health services, a ban on rescissions, coverage for children with "pre-existing conditions", dependent coverage for children up to age 26, a process for appealing decisions on coverage, and an end to lifetime and annual dollar limits.

May 2010
Parental involvement laws: How good are the alternatives to involving a parent? [PDF]

January 2010
A Shifting Landscape: Parental Involvement Laws and their Effect on Minors [PDF]

Fact Sheets

November 2009
Parental Involvement Laws: What Should Parents Know? [PDF]


September 2014
Factors Influencing Parental Involvement Among Minors Seeking an Abortion

This qualitative study found that pregnant teens turn to parents and adults who are engaged in their life and offer support, regardless of her pregnancy decision.

July 2012
Minors Express Mainly Negative Opinions about Parental Notification Laws

In a study published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, the majority of abortion-seeking minors interviewed believed that a parental notification law would diminish minors' reproductive autonomy and potentially expose them to unwanted pressure or interference in their abortion decision. At the same time, many felt that voluntarily involvment of a trusted adult could benefit minors.

August 2010
Parental Involvement Laws and Parent-Daughter Communication: Policy Without Proof

We conducted a review of the literature to determine if there is evidence that legally mandated communication in the form of PI laws benefits or harms parent-daughter communication. Here, we review and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the extant literature and make recommendations for future research and policy-making

Articles & Posts

October 2011
Study: Teen Moms Face Unnecessary Obstacles Accessing IUDs

This article posted on RH Reality Check discusses published findings our Postpartum ABCs study showing that in addition to affordable birth control, teen moms need support from providers, family, and friends when choosing an IUD as their contraceptive method.