Television plot lines greatly exaggerate the medical and psychological risks associated with having an abortion
Risk of complications and mortality is much greater on television than in real life
San Francisco – A new study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that examines television portrayals of the health consequences of abortion finds that major complications are represented much more frequently on TV than in real life.
Among the abortion plot lines studied, 42.5 percent include a complication, intervention, or major health consequence, with five percent resulting in death. In real life, complications, which are usually minor, occur in only 2.1 percent of all abortions. The real morality rate for abortion is incredibly low, at just 0.00073% nationwide.
Researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), a reproductive health research organization based at UCSF, identified 80 television plot lines from 2005 to 2016 in which a character obtains an abortion. Their analysis, published in the journal Contraception, finds that abortion complications on TV are often extreme and life-threatening and lead to adverse consequences, including infertility, depression, and death. These plot lines sharply contrast with real life, where such outcomes are extremely rare. This research is part of ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen program, which studies portrayals of abortion in American film and television and their effects on broader social understandings of abortion.
“Fictional television portrayals have the potential to influence understandings of abortion. Our findings show that medical and psychological risks of abortion are greatly exaggerated on TV, which could lead people to believe falsely that it is dangerous for women,” said Gretchen Sisson, Ph.D., a sociologist at UCSF and the publication’s author. “Such misinformation might build support for existing policies that restrict access to abortion and those being considered at the federal level and in many states.”
According to the study, portrayals of dangerous abortions often take place in illegal settings. However, complications from abortion on TV are exaggerated for both illegal and legal abortions compared to real life.
For more information on accessing a copy of the study, “’I was close to death!: abortion medical risk on American television, 2005 – 2016,’” to interview Dr. Sisson, or to learn more about ANSIRH’s Abortion Onscreen program, contact Jason Harless at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-986-8963.
Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), based at the University of California, San Francisco, conducts rigorous scientific research on complex issues related to reproductive health in the United States and internationally. ANSIRH provides much-needed evidence into active policy debates and legal battles around reproductive health issues. Please visit www.ansirh.org.
Call for Entries: Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition
Deadline: May 26th
The Broome County Environmental Management Council (EMC) invites amateur photographers to submit photographs for the 2017 Joyce K.L. Smith Environmental Photography Competition, By Friday May 26th. Rules and entry forms can be found at www.gobroomecounty.com/emc. Entrants may submit up to three photographs in three categories.
This marks the 17th year of this long-running competition and exhibit to raise awareness about the beauty of Broome County’s natural environment. A panel of professionals will give awards for the Best-in-Show, Best Themed Photograph, Best Submission from a High School Student and one winner and several honorable mentions from each category. Winning photos will be printed and mounted for exhibit at the Broome County Arts Council Gallery (81 State Street, 5th Floor, Binghamton) for the month of July, with an opening reception during First Friday on July 7th starting at 6pm.
Any questions can be directed to email@example.com or 607-778-2375 (M-F 8am-4pm).
Laurie-Ann Platt, Conklin, NY
First Place - Natural Landscape, 2010
"White birches at Dorchester Park"
About 200 people attended the Tax Day Rally. It was one of hundreds across the country and in Washington DC, protesting the Republican/Trump plans for a budget and tax policy. Protesters also demanded that President Trump reveal his taxes, especially because of his foreign investments and entanglements. Citizen Action schedule of events in next story below. May 6th is the next Indivisible meeting at Endicott Library. See FB page for more details.
Photo by Patti Schwartz, from Indivisible Binghamton Facebook page.
The Resistance is everywhere! and there are more and more digital tools to help! The latest is an interactive map that highlights actions in the states on six different issue areas from voting rights to reproductive rights. Other tools include text to fax and 5calls.org which nudges your friends to call their representatives. see more here.
These do not replace phone calls and visits to Congresspeople, but help people organize and access information and resources.
Local groups include Citizen Action's Join the Resistance and Indivisible Binghamton. Get involved! It beats dispair!
Des Moines, April 6, 2017 -- Seventeen universities competed and Drake University, located in the center of the nation and in a state that is ground zero every Presidential Election, was selected by Vote Smart for its new Facts Matter Research Center.
The center is being designed to grow an unparalleled database of public records on over 100,000 past, present and future politicians, and to forge new interactive systems for handheld devices that defend each citizen’s access to the facts on any issue and on any politician of interest.
Vote Smart is hosting an opening celebration on April 10th from 5 pm - 7 pm in their new Des Moines office to commemorate a new partnership with Drake, an outstanding civics learning institution that is providing the offices needed to house 50 of its interns each semester to defend every citizen’s right to know.
To view a short video about the bi partisan Vote Smart project go here: http://votesmart.org/
Photo of poster by Isi Trapper.UPDATED 4/123/17
General Meeting - the First Wednesday of each month at 6:30 at the First Congregational Church, 30 Main St., Binghamton.
Coordinating Committee meeting (open) Second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 at Citizen Action.
Committee Meetings – each committee meets right after the general meeting on the first Wednesday of each month plus at other times (see end of list for details).
Actions and Events and Trainings
Saturday, April 29 – bus trip to Washington for People’s Climate March sponsored by Sierra Club. www.eventbrite.com For information contact Wes Ernsberger firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, April 29- Noon at the American Civic Association Memorial Park, corner of Front and Clinton Sts. Worker’s Memorial Day 2017. Sponsored by Broome Tioga Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. For information call Richard Sprout at 607-584-9900 x 408.
Sunday, April 30 – 10-4 – Earth Fest 2017 – celebration of Earth Day. SUNY Broome Student Center, Upper Front St., Binghamton. Admission $1.00 or donation to CHOW. For information go to www.myedst.org/earth.html
Wednesday, May 3 – 6:30 - 8:30 – Resistance Movement General Meeting at the First Congregational Church – Front and Main Sts, Binghamton. Join the movement. Committees meet right after general meeting. For information call Mary Clark 607-723-0110.
Saturday, May 6 – Civic Action Bootcamp: The Environment. Details to come. For information contact Marion Irwin at email@example.com
Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 - door to door canvassing to identify people’s concerns and bring more people into the movement. Meet at Citizen Action at 1:00 for training. We work in teams. For information call Mary Clark at 723-0110.